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The Archon 


John M. Doggettjr. P'04, '07, '08 


Judith Klein P'99, '08 


John Bonnell 

David Oxton 

Christie Rawlins-Jackson 
Joe Repczynski 

Vaughn Winchell, Insight Photography 

Art Director 

Christie Rawlins-Jackson 

Acting Director of Development 

John M. Doggettjr. P'04, '07, '08 

Associate Director of Development 

Michael A. Moonves P'82 

Director of Annual Giving 

Martha Delay 

Director of Alumni Relations 

Kevin J. Driscoll 

Trustees of Governor Dummer Academy 

Daniel M. Morgan '67, P'97, '02, President 

Christopher C. Beebe '55, Co- Vice President 

Gerry Mack, Co- Vice President P'87, '91, '93 

James L. Rudolph '68, P'05, Secretary 

Jeffrey L. Gordon '69, Treasurer 

William L.Alfond '67 

Adrienne Berry-Burton P'96, '04 


Henry B. Eaton 70, P'03, '08 

Clifford J. Gillespie 

C David Grayer P'OO 

Lauren Gudonis P'03 

Stephen G. Kasnet '62, P'95 

Richard M. Kelleher P'99, '01 

Kathleen L. Livermore '79, P'04 

Priscilla M. Mclnnis P'02, '03, '06 

Joshua L. Miner IV '69, P'96, '98 

Kara Moheban McLoy '88 

Reynolds E. Moulton Jr. '56 

Brian H. Noyes 76 

Haskell Rhett '54 

George S. Scharfe P'95, '00 

Steven G Shapiro 74 

C Thomas Tenney Jr. '69 

Bruce C.Turner '83 

Alumni Trustees 

Sung J. An '95 

Grace P. Jeanes '92 

Joseph P. Turner Jr. '99 

Ex Officio 

James C. Deveney Jr. '60 

President, Alumni I ae Council 

Alumni Council 

James C Deveney Jr. '60, President 

Catherine D. Burgess '91, Vice President 

David Corbett '91 

John P. English '28 

Elizabeth Tuthill Farrell '84 

Putnam P. Flint '37, GP'99 

Anthony P. Fusco '85 

Shawn Gager '88 

Franklin E. Huntress '52 

Joseph E. MacLeod '56 

Katherine Dobie Meyer '96 

Chris D'Orio '88 

Paul B. Nardone '86 

Howard J. Navins '31, P'63, '66, GP'93 

Carolyn Lyons Niss 77 

Matthew H. Remis '92 

Brian Rybicki '96 

Robert Smythe '52 

Robert H.Studley Jr. '86 

Marc K.Tucker '68, P'01, '05 

Jessica S. Zaphn '99 

Alison Williams '89 

Ex Officio 

Peter T Butler, '62, Past President 
John S. Mercer '64, P'95, Past President 
Karen A. Schulte '83, Past President 
Peter M. Sherin '59, Past President 
Arthur H.Veasey III '68, Past President 

TlieArchon is published three times a year by Governor 
Dummer Academy, Byfield, Massachusetts 01922. Telephone: 
(978) 465-1763. Letters are welcome from alumni, alumnae, 
parents and friends of the Academy and are subject to editing 
for reasons of space availability. 


4 An Evolving Campus, An 
Evolving Name 

14 Something like Furniture 

16 The Empire at Albany: 
The Albany Plan of 
Union of 1754 

18 GDA Girls Hold Full 
Court in College 

24 Food, Glorious Food. . . 
Texas Style 

28 In A Kitchen Closer 
To Home... 


2 headmaster's message 

8 development developments 

10 campus news 

22 from the archives 

30 sports roundup 

33 in memoriam 

34 class notes 
76 chapel talk 

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headmaster's message 

This past fall, I ventured back into the classroom for the first time after a five-year hiatus. I had forgotten about the 
feeling of sweaty palms and the knot in the middle of my stomach that I regularly experienced every September for 25 
years before the first day of classes. Sure enough, like swallows returning to Capistrano, these same sensations resurfaced 
as I walked up the staircase in Frost to my new classroom. My nervousness was further fueled by the apprehension that 
I had developed too much rust during my interruption from teaching to be effective. Adding to my anxiety, I was intro- 
ducing a course, The Constitution and the Supreme Court, that I had never taught before. If this were not enough, as an 
instructor who had never really utilized technology in any of my previous courses, I was also going to experiment with 
Moodle, a new online teaching tool. By the end of that first class, while many of my doubts still remained, the positive 
energy transmitted by the group of bright students reminded me what I have been missing these past five years. 

My students and I explored the controversies that surrounded the framing of the Constitution. We then spent time 
familiarizing ourselves with the document itself. The rest of the course was devoted to examining many of the landmark 
Supreme Court rulings that have shaped the meaning of the Constitution. The class read the transcripts of cases like 
Marbury v Madison, Lochner v New York, Brown v Board of Education, and Roe v Wade, and then debated the con- 
stitutional issue raised by these decisions. My intrepid band of seniors was more than equal to the challenge of the course. 
They prepared their assignments diligently (most of the time), eagerly tackled these complex legal issues, and wrote 
thoughtful, perceptive papers. Going to class was the highlight of my day. 

Two years ago, GDA was awarded a Ford Foundation grant to sponsor a series of conferences for teachers spanning 
over five summers and focusing on the integration of technology into the classroom. Last summer, I sat in on a number 
of the sessions that explored the use of Moodle. Developed by an Australian and used internationally, Moodle features a 
software package designed to help educators create quality online courses. Universities, hospitals and libraries are among 
the institutions making use of this service. Moodle is available through GDA's intranet but accessed through the Internet. 
Teachers can post assignments on Moodle, direct students to supplementary materials and resources for their classes, and 
conduct on-line discussions. 

I used Moodle to provide an online syllabus for my students, as well as to link the class with various law libraries 
around the country. During each class meeting, a student was responsible for taking class notes that were posted on the 
course site. Students also submitted summaries and other writing exercises online. I only scratched the surface of the 

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potential of this teaching tool. Many of my colleagues have incorporated it into their teaching in more imaginative ways. Steve Ogden uses 
Moodle in his AP Junior English class to demonstrate different writing styles which students then are asked to model in their own writing. 
Molly Prinn assigns her United States History students to use Moodle to post journal responses to their readings. Sheila Traintor has designed 
an elaborate lesson plan that helps students understand Spanish conjugations and punctuations. Karen Gold uses Moodle extensively in her 
English as a Second Language class as a discussion board. Students are asked to read a current events topic, respond to the article, and then 
respond to each other's observations. Karen likens it to an online book group. 

Other forms of technology are being used in other Governor Dummer Academy classrooms, not as a series of trendy bells and whistles 
but as important pedagogical tools to advance learning. The Mathematics Department has pioneered the use of "Smart Boards". These are 
projection devices that allow teachers to interact with their classes in front of a white board. The Smart Board essentially becomes the mouse 
that allows information to be presented and highlighted as the class progresses. Matt Gettings uses it to project the full face of a graphic cal- 
culator and then review the many complicated keystrokes. He also utilizes the board as a clean way to display graphing. Jamie Brayshaw finds 
the Smart Board helpful in the presentation of data in his statistics courses. Mike Karin utilizes the device for PowerPoint presentations com- 
plete with colors and the highlighting of key concepts. Dave Van Ness uses the Smart Board in his geometry classroom, but also in the locker 
room to diagram soccer and basketball formations. 

The Science Department has always been at the forefront in employing classroom technology. Hal Scheintaub's computer models of 
biological systems are among the most sophisticated anywhere.They create an ecological system of a pond and then allow students to change 
variables to see how and why algae blooms occur. Dave Moore creates online physics problem sets and daily class notes for his students. 

Trina Baker's Computer Graphics class exposes students to the latest software in design techniques, and Chris Stowen's Electronic Music 
course allows students to create their own compositions on the computer. David Oxton is integrating digital technology into his photogra- 
phy classes. 

We know that education is time consuming, engrossing and often messy. Good teachers help to motivate students to become life long 
learners. Understanding that adolescents possess a variety of learning styles, good teachers seek to adjust their pedagogy to reach all students. 
Technology in the classroom is one of many tools a teacher utilizes to advance his or her craft and excite the interest of students. The tra- 
dition of innovative instruction continues to be alive and well at Governor Dummer Academy. 

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John M. Doggett Jr. 

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The following are excerpts from longer letters. Please go to to view the complete letters on the "More 

About Our Name" page. 

Jack Ragle, Headmaster 1972-1983, 
Headmaster Emeritus 

I will defend with all of my strength the under- 
lying tradition supporting the academy, which today is 
a widely competitive private school. Nevertheless, I 
also support adjustment in the academy's name to 
something such as "Governors Academy," with a line 
like "established through the beneficence of Colonial 
Lieutenant Governor William Dummer," if this can 
dispel an initial puzzlement in many looking from a 
distance, people we should welcome to our school. 


Pete Bragdon, Headmaster 1983-1999, 
Headmaster Emeritus 

Now you might wonder why I favor the consid- 
eration of a different name - not an abandonment but 
different — such as "The Governor's Academy" fol- 
lowed by "founded by Lt. Governor William Dummer 
of the Massachusetts Bay Colony" in small print. 
Why? I am concerned about the uninitiated, those 
who do not even give us a chance to present our 
unique message of pride, compassion and service, 
those who move on to names like Avon or Berkshire 
in their search for the best option — and I do not think 
those who veer away are lesser kids — they just move 
on in the quick fix world of the 21st century - where 
decisions are not considered but immediate. 

Mike Mulligan '71, Headmaster, 
Thacher School 

The Trustees are wise to look at this topic. The 
fact is that the word "Dummer" is a conversation- 
stopper outside of all but our already established cir- 
cles. The truth is that there are enough challenges in 
running a school; the name should not have to be one 
of them. And it is decidedly the case that our name has 
hurt our ability to recruit outside of a narrow band on 
the North Shore. I speak as a devoted alumnus and a 
former member of the faculty. That I am also a 
Boarding School Head and the Chair of The 
Association of Boarding Schools is I suppose, only 
significant in that I have a pretty good sense of how 
boarding s< hook arc perceived. Carrying the name 
Dummer is a bit like running a fifty yard dash carry- 
ou can still get to the finish line, it's just 

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Fascinating Factoids. 

Norman invasions of the llth century. For over four centuries, the 
y lived in the village of Dummer, 1 3 miles from Winchester. The na 
s anglicized in deference to anti-French sentiment in England. In various 
records, it is sometimes spelled Dummer, at other times Dummere, Dumera, 
Dumar, Domar, Dumer, Duemr, and Dommer. 

After William Dummer died in 1761, leaving a bequest in his will to form 
a grammar school, the Dumm'r Charity School opened its doors in March 
1763. As the school grew and expanded its student body, the name was 

riged to Dummer Academy, and then to Governor Du 
the 20th century. The acronym GDA gained popularity in the last 20 

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The Board Shares Its Strategy for the Future 

Dumm'r Charity School... Dummer Academy... Governor Dummer 
Academy... 242 years of evolution 

"The consideration of the Academy's name has evoked some 
of the most productive exchanges imaginable about what our 
school is and what we want it to be," states former Headmaster 
Peter Bragdon, speaking about the recent impassioned feelings 
expressed about the school and its future. "The love people have 
professed for GDA speaks volumes about what this community 
means to all of us." 

This year our school community is engaged in serious discus- 
sion about the proposal to revise the school's name. At the heart of 
this discussion is the core experience of being a student at GDA 
and our commitment to remain a seven-day boarding school with 
a strong regional base and a national reach. The school plans to 
maintain its current ratio of day and boarding students at 35 to 65, 
to draw a strong New England representation to campus, but to 
protect the vibrancy of the educational and boarding experience 
that comes from a diverse student population. In drawing students 
from around the country, we bring a wide range of experiences 
and perspectives from which all of our students benefit and we 
ensure that the weekend campus life is vibrant. 

Looking at the decades to come, the Board sees significant 
challenges in protecting this experience. Today the Academy is 
experiencing some of the strongest admissions we've ever seen; 
however, as we know from our own past, demographics will not 
always be on our side. While the Academy enjoys a position of 
strength, the Board wants to act to protect the school's strategic 
vision, knowing that success comes from planning ahead for exter- 
nal changes that have negative impact on our school. 

In December, after two years of reviewing the strategic chal- 
lenges facing the school, and considering input from representative 
alumni, current and former faculty, and feeder school profession- 
als, the Board of Trustees voted nearly unanimously to modify the 

school's name, as one of many actions to protect the GDA experi- 
ence. The Board is committed to continue to celebrate the 
Dummer name and legacy, but believes a revision to the name will 
better ensure the school's best possible first impression on prospec- 
tive students and families. 

The Board has heard from many individuals who support the 
proposed change as well as those who have concerns, dissenting 
opinions, and questions. Considerable confusion and misunder- 
standing about the rationale behind the Board's decision resulted 
from a leak to the media that precluded the opportunity to engage 
in a reasoned discussion of the issues within the community. In 
response to the need for additional dialogue, the Board voted in 
February 2005 to extend the time to review this decision beyond 
May 2005 and allocate more than the originally planned five- 
month period for community discussion. 

In evaluating the recommendation for a name revision, the 
Board asks members of the community to consider the following: 

1. Demographic studies show that there will be a shrinking pool 
of high school age students interested in a private boarding 
school experience in the coming decades. This means there will 
be fewer middle school students applying to boarding school. 
Furthermore, students interested and eligible to attend prep 
schools today represent a wider geographic, socioeconomic, 
racial and ethnic scope than those of the past who came from 
families with long independent school traditions. We need to 
make sure we appeal to these students who have not heard of us. 

2. Tuition costs will continue to rise, making boarding school less 
of a viable alternative for many. Though GDA will endeavor to 
increase financial aid, the majority of our students need to be 
full-paying in order for the school to continue to provide the 
faculty, facilities, curriculum and programs it does now. 

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continued from page 4 

John Gray, Director of Secondary 
School Placement, 
Fessenden School: 

As someone who recommends secondary schools 
to nearly 100 students annually I would say that I am 
a fan of the plan. I also understand that this may feel 
like a slap in the face to some and a swipe at over two 
hundred years of history to others. Over the years, I 
have witnessed numerous families who are unfamiliar 
with Northeastern boarding schools chuckle when I 
say Governor Dummer. I quickly spell "Dummer" 
correctly and add that it's a terrific school and worth 
exploration, yet I know that with many other good 
school options available to these families, they never 
make a GDA inquiry We never get to know the fam- 
ilies that don't call our schools and I would bet that 
most families who do receive a catalog and visit GDA, 
end up applying! 

Dave Williams, GDA faculty 

Experience teaches that when our school grap- 
ples with contemporary issues and looks to the future, 
we become a stronger school. We became stronger 
when we accepted women. I believe we will become 
stronger if we consciously address the need to con- 
tinue to find students from across the nation. 
Expanding the diversity of our community enriches 
all students, allowing them to learn new perspectives. 

So why do I support a name change? Today our 
school deserves a national reputation. We've made a 
lot of progress in the last 30 years; our academic pro- 
gram, faculty, campus, and athletics have all improved. 
We want to keep moving forward, keep making a bet- 
ter school for our students, and we deserve to be con- 
sidered by more families. I say let's present our 
strengths. I believe our name has never helped us, but 
today we are in a position of looking toward a future 
that warrants this change. If a name change will help 
keep the Academy strong for the next generation, 
then we should be willing to make what for us is a 
relatively small sacrifice. 

3. GDA wants to maintain its current ratio of 65/35 boarding 
to day students. Within its boarding school group, GDA also 
wants to continue to have a strong presence of national and 
international students. Geographical and ethnic diversity 
enriches the experiences of all students at GDA, and we don't 
want to lose this aspect of the school's tradition. 

4. Strong anecdotal and statistical research from prospective 
families and personnel at key feeder schools confirms that 
more than a few middle school students, particularly from 
outside the area, pass over GDA because of the name. Since 
we know that once students visit campus, 90% apply, we want 
to maximize our chances of having capable students come for 
a tour. 

5. A vibrant boarding experience and weekend life is critical to 
maintaining our national reach. If we don't continue to have 
a national reach, we will see even fewer students on campus 
Saturday nights and Sundays, and in effect no longer be the 
seven-day boarding school we recognize today 

6. A name revision is only one aspect of strengthening the 
school. Efforts are also underway to build a new hockey rink 
and dormitory, to enhance the weekend activities for stu- 
dents, to look to improvements in curriculum, and to step up 
our efforts through personal contact, the website, and other 
communications to inform the public about GDA. 

7. A name revision would still honor the Dummer family, per- 
haps by a subtitle such as "Founded by a bequest from Lt. 
Gov. William Dummer in 1763." 

To read more up-to-date news on the issue of revising the 
school's name, please go to and click on "More 
About Our Name." To express your opinions or ask a question 
of the Board, email or write to 
Name Evolution, Governor Dummer Academy, One Elm 
Street, Byfield, MA 01922. 

We have received many letters, some addressed to the 
Editor, regarding the name issue. We appreciate people taking 
the time to share their thoughts. All letters that we receive are 
being shared with the Board of Trustees, which wants to hear 
firsthand the feelings and perspectives of support and disap- 
proval from everyone. We are not publishing letters in The 
Archou on this topic for reasons of space and balance. 
However, we are posting a sampling of letters to our website, 
many of which will be edited for length. Letters posted will be 
representative of the concerns, opinions, and questions being 
raised in the greater GDA community. 

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The conference fee of $250. per 
person is due with registration form by 
May 5, 2005. A reduced fee of $150 is 
offered to GDA alumni and parents. This 
fee covers all workshops, meals, and use 
of the campus facilities. 

First Name: 

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Housing will be available in our dormitories at 
$50.00 a night. You may choose to arrive on 
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Please fill out this registration form and 
mail it with a check payable to Governor 
Dummer Academy to: 

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forms, go to 

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Development Developments 

Record Numbers Attend Annual Event 




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l the nation's 

oldest boarding school. The annual Young Alumni Milestone Stop at "The Grog" has, foi 
alumni from our recent graduating classes. This year we topped the 100 mark, as more tha 

n five 

years, dra\ 
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vn crowds of 
r oung alumni 

spanning the classes of the 1980s through the most recent class of 2004 gathered to rek 
stories of their years at GDA! Mike Moonves, associate director of development, once ag£ 

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and recount 
ame EVERY 

student who came across the threshold — an accomplishment of epic proportions! We will see you all again next year. Mark 
your calendar —Wednesday, November 23, 2005! 

GDA Young 
Alumni Alive and 
Well in 2005 

Director of Alumni Relations Kevin J. 
Driscoll has visited Burlington. Hartford, 
Boston and Washington DC to take some of the 
newest members of the Alumni Association, 
recent grads now in college, to dinner in these 
great college towns. Winter's worst has slowed 
down the trips a bit, but with spring right 
around the corner, Kevin hopes to continue to 
make visits until school lets out for the summer, 
and then start up again in October 2005! If you 
would like Kevin to visit your college and host 
GDA alumni for a dinner, please contact him at 

GDA Alumni Regional 

As a new initiative of the Alumni Council this year, the process of establishing 
(and in some cases re-establishing) Regional Chapters for the Alumni Association 
began. With the launching of "e-news" newsletters in December. Southern 
California and Chicago became the first of hopefully several regional chapters. Hoyt 
Morgan '92. Lisa Widdecke '92 and Jason Richter '97 are the forces behind the lat- 
est push to re-establish the Southern California group. In Chicago, Nathalie Ames 
'85, long time GDA supporter Charlie Bowen '50. and young alumni Elizabeth 
Bruno "95, Missy Green '98 and Evan Trent '98 are behind the efforts to establish 
membership in their chapter. Voices of alumni from Washington, DC, along with 
folks up in the great Pacific Northwest, have been heard as well, and we look for- 
ward to re-connecting these alumni and planning some exciting events across the US 
in the months ahead. The GDA Alumni Council has high hopes that, with the re- 
establishment of regional chapters, GDA Alumni far and wide will come together 
both in support of their alma mater and in recreational and social events to celebrate 
their ties and connection to the Academy. 

Upcoming GDA Alumni & Development Events 2005 

April TBA ~ NYC Reception, Hosted by Bruce Turner 
April 21 ~ Alumni Council / Senior Class Dinner 
May 18 ~ GDA Night at the Pops Concert, Boston Pops 
May 24 ~ Boston Regional Young Alumni Brew Pub Night 
June 4-5 ~ GDA Athletic Hall of Fame Basketball Tourney 

• June 10-12- GDA Reunion 2005 

• June TBA ~ (Tentative) Washington DC Reception 

• June TBA ~ (Tentative) So. California Chapter 

Padres Baseball Game 

• July TBA ~ (Tentative) Chicago Alumni Association Event 

Winter Alumni Games 2005 

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Members of the Alumni Hockey Team: (front left to right) Phil Smith, Devin Sullivan, Chris Ruggierio, Jeff Leavitt, Chris Riley, Mike Foster, 
Daniel Prescott, Luke Franco, Brendan Forrest; (back left to right) Jon Pingree, Joe Nicastro, Jim Cavanagh, Len Ceglarski, Matt Perry, Jeff 
Ashworth, Eric Marshall, Marc Bastrarad, Greg Ceglaski, and Mike Karin. 

With a fresh blanket of snow covering the campus, the stage was 
set for a perfect day to host the annual Alumni Winter Games. 
Eighteen former hockey stars joined eight of their basketball coun- 
terparts on campus, Sunday, Jan. 9. Reliving their glory days, the 
Alumni Basketball Team took to the court at 1:30 p.m. after a rous- 
ing rendition of the Star Spangled Banner, sung by current GDA stu- 
dents Molly Brierley '06 and Elizabeth Guyton '06. After jumping 
out to a commanding 4-0 lead in the first minutes of play, the 
Alumni looked in control and in charge of the court. The Varsity 
team, perhaps sensing an upset, turned on the steam and went to 
work, going on a 1 0-point run and never looking back. While the 
Alumni showed some signs of life in the final moments of play, the 
GDA Varsity came out on top in this one, 55 to 50. 

Across Middle Road at the Murphy-Frost Rink, the alumni 
skated against one another in an afternoon chiller thriller. The 
"Maroon" men came out on top in the end in a nail bitter 6-5. 
While the "White" Team was chosen as a "favorite" going into the 
game, the Maroon team, wise, seasoned and coached by perennial 
favorite Dick Leavitt, proved true champions in the end! 

Following the games, both teams and their families were invited 

to the Mansion House where Headmaster and Mrs. Doggett hosted 
a hearty lunch. Our thanks to the Athletic Department and the 
GDA coaching staff for helping to make this a great event, and espe- 
cially to those alumni and their families who turned out to play and 
cheer from the bleachers! Mark your calendars for the Spring Games 
scheduled for Reunion Weekend, Saturday June 11, 2005! 

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Members of the Alumni Basketball Team: (left to right) Ike Suggs, Troy 
Dagres, Ben Bizier, Henry Rosen, Anthony Fusco, Justin Rivera, Kyrie 
Stevens, John Perlowski, and Nick Tomaino. 

French to be Honored 

Board member 

Shirley French in the 1970s 

courtesv of the GDA Archives 

Longtime GDA supporter Shirley French will be 
honored with a Community Cornerstone Award on 
September 21, 2005 by the Women in Development of 
Greater Boston, a nonprofit professional association of 
over 850 members whose mission is to promote and 
support the advancement of women in the field of 
development and philanthropy. 

Shirley has had a long and important relationship 
with Governor Dummer Academy, beginning in the 
1970s when she joined the community as a parent. 
She quickly assumed a leadership role, and was the sec- 
ond woman to be appointed to the Board of Trustees 
at GDA, serving from 1976 to 1999. Through her work 
on the Building and Grounds Committee of the Board 
she was able to drive the largest building program the 
school had seen to that point. From the selection of 
plantings to the architecture of a building as large as the 
Pescosohdo Field House, Shirley made sure that the 

New England setting was maintained. She personally 
financed and oversaw the creation of a climate and 
humidity controlled archive room in the Pescosolido 
Library. Hours of her own time were spent in sorting 
and cataloguing the documents, photos, and artifacts 
that had accumulated for the first two centuries of 
GDA history. Student Hfe was significantly improved 
by the addition of a student center housed in the 
French Building, with endowed funds to maintain and 
improve the facility in the future. Currently, her fam- 
ily's foundation is supporting another renovation and 
expansion to the Student Center, a further testament 
to Shirley's commitment to the lives of students on 

Long after her own children were graduated, 
Shirley French has continued to devote her time and 
energy to the betterment of GDA. Congratulations, 
Shirley, on this well-deserved award! 

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Short Takes 

"Casual Day" 
for Tsunami Victims 

The Casual Day organized by GDA students 
Marisa Frey and Colin DiGuiseppe raised more than 
SI 600 for victims of the recent devastating tsunami in 
southeast Asia. Students purchased blue ribbons for 
S5. which allowed them to dress casually in tee shirts, 
jeans and sweats on January 14. All proceeds were sent 
to AmeriCares and Save the Children, two organiza- 
tions sending direct aid to the ravaged areas. 

Senior named ESU Student 

GDA senior Colin O'Rourke recently won a prestigious English Speaking 
Union Scholarship. He will defer his matriculation to college and spend the year 
studying at an English boarding school. This year the competition for these few 
spots was quite intense, according to ESU. 

The English-Speaking Union of the United States (ESU US) is a non- 
profit, non-political, educational organization whose mission is to promote 
scholarship and the advancement of knowledge through the effective use of 
English in an expanding global community. 

GDA has belonged to the ESU for five years and is currently hosting British 
student Ed Cassels. Elaine Frey '04 and Rachel Decareau '04 are ESU students 
studying in England this year. 

Each year, approximately 100 students from independent high schools in 
the U.S. and state and public schools in Britain take part in the secondary school 
exchange. The American and British teenagers spend a postgraduate semester or 
year on a full scholarship provided by participating schools. Colin will also have 
an opportunity for travel throughout the UK and Europe. 

Science Teachers to Deliver Paper 

A proposal by GDA science teachers Hal Scheintaub and Kali Wilson to 
present a paper at the Eighth International History, Philosophy, Sociology & 
Science Teaching Conference in Leeds, UK this summer was recently accepted. 
Their paper, entitled "Modern Physics Philosophy Transforms a Ninth Grade 
Physics Course," will be included in the session on "Teaching and 
Communicating Science: What the history, philosophy and sociology of science 
can contribute." The conference will be held at the University of Leeds from 
Friday, July 15 to Monday, July 18,2005. 

Admissions Update 

The Office of Admission just completed another very successful season. Applications were up, and the quality of applicants impressive. 

An overview of the admission season is reflected in the following stats: 
- No. of visitors/interviews/tours: 850 - No. of day spaces available: 32 

- No. of day applicants: 243 

- No. of boarding applicants: 5 I 

- No. of boarding spaces available: 70 

- No. of applications from outside 
New England: 73 

- No. of applications from outside 
the U.S.: 149 

- No. of acceptances mailed on 
March 10: Approximately 200 

As The Archon went to press, the Admissions Office was waiting for responses from accepted students after hosting Revisit Days on 
April 5, 7, and 8. Peter Bidstrup, Director of Admission, believes the Class of 2009 will be a group with great academic skills, varied 
extracurricular interests, impressive talents in athletics and the arts, and a strong sense of community responsibility. 

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GDA Kids 

Help Ozzie's Kids 

Thanks to the generosity of 80 students, 
parents, staff and faculty members from 
GDA, Ozzie's Kids, a volunteer initiative in 
Haverhill, was able to provide holiday gifts 
for all the children in need on their list. The 
non-profit program, coordinated through 
the efforts of Haverhill police officer Ozzie 
Hardy, aims to provide some holiday joy for 
children who fall well below the safety net of 
a variety of state and non-profit organiza- 
tions. Sponsors donated warm coats, hats, 
and gloves as well as toys for the needy chil- 
dren. One GDA parent also gave a significant 
cash gift to be used for the children. 

GDA students Marisa Frey and Colin 
DiGuiseppe organized the gift drive on 
campus under the direction of Academic 
Dean Elaine White. A truck picked up the 
piles of gifts on the evening of December 1. 

Coach Metz Hits 300! 

The Boys Varsity Basketball team, under 
the coaching of Mr. Metz and Mr.VanNess, 
beat a strong and venerable St. Sebastian's 
team on Saturday, February 19 on the home 
court of the Arrows. What made this game 
particularly significant was that this win 
marked a remarkable milestone in the 
coaching career of one of our more distin- 
guished and veteran coaches. 

Congratulations go out to Mr. Steve 
Metz for the 300th win of his coaching 

Author of 
South African 
Memoir Speaks 
at GDA 

Mark Mathabane, author of Kaffir Boy, a 
memoir of growing up under the apartheid 
system in South Africa, spoke at GDA on 
Thursday, February 10. 

A book-signing was held after the lec- 
ture, during which attendees had the chance 
to meet Mathabane and have him autograph 
copies of their books. Kaffir Boy and 
Mathabane's five other books were available 
at the lecture. 

Born of destitute parents whose $10-a- 
week wage could not pay the rent for their 
shack or put food on the table, Mathabane 
spent the first 18 years of his life as the eld- 
est of seven children in a one-square-mile 
ghetto that was home to more than 200,000 
blacks. A love of learning and books and his 
dreams of tennis stardom carried him from 
despair, hate and anger to possibility and 

His latest work of non-fiction, which 
was published in June 2000 by Simon & 
Schuster, is called Miriam's Song and tells the 
true story of a young South African girl 
growing up amid the turmoil and violence 
that preceded the end of apartheid and 
Nelson Mandela's election. Mathabane 
recently published his first work of fiction, 
Ubuntu, a novel set against. the politically and 
racially tense backdrop of post-apartheid 
South Africa. 

The opening chapters of Mathabane's 
books can be read free of charge on the 
Internet at 

Lang Wins 
Paper Prize 

Congratulations to Tim 
Lang '05 who is the New 
England district winner in the 
national Cum Laude Society 
2004 Paper Competition for 
"The Empire at Albany: The 
Albany Plan of Union of 1754," 
written for his AP US History 

Each of the 350 Cum Laude 
schools were invited to submit a 
single outstanding example of 
scholarship for recognition as The 
Cum Laude Paper 2004. The 
purpose is to recognize and cele- 
brate outstanding academic 
achievement that gives evidence 
of superior scholarship and orig- 
inal thought. Judging at the dis- 
trict level was by Cum Laude 
Regents and Officers. Seven dis- 
trict prizes of $500 were 
awarded, along with the National 

Tim was awarded his prize 
during morning meeting at GDA 
on Monday, January 10, by 
District Regent Bill Prescott, for- 
mer headmaster of the Wheeler 

See an excerpt from Tim's 
prize winning paper on page 16. 

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campus news 

'Aschenputtel' or 

'The One Who Cleans Ashes' 

The 17 actors are hard at work, memorizing lines, planning 
their blocking, experimenting with physical movement. One or 
two has been on stage before, more only if you count grade 
school productions. They are all clearly amateurs, but amateurs 
with passion, enthusiasm, and an extra challenge. They will be 
performing their play in German, not English, second language to 
all but the two exchange students. 

Their 15-minute play, an adaptation of Grimm's fairy tale, 
known to Americans as 'Cinderella,' will be performed on April 
28 at the Mt. Holyoke College German Theatre Festival. For the 
past 20 years, advanced students of GDA German teacher John 
Seufert have competed in the festival. "We usually try to go with 
a piece of German literature," he explains, "and adapt it for the 
number of actors we have. Everyone gets quite a bit of speaking." 

Students not only adapt a story to a script and learn their 
lines. They also create their costumes. "Once we've practiced and 
they understand the play historically, then we come up with cos- 
tumes," says Seufert. Tech Director Joe Repcyzinski helps out 
with his "techies" by building a set that can be easily transported. 
Then Joe comes along to help set up. 

The morning of April 28 will start early, with the cast hitting 
the road by 6:30 a.m. in order to arrive in time on the South 
Hadley, MA campus to watch the plays of the other 15 partici- 
pating high schools and colleges. All contestants are judged by a 
panel of German judges, representatives from the German, Swiss 
and Austrian Consulates in Boston and local German university 
professors. In past years, two GDA actors have won Best Actor at 
the festival: Brendan Forrest '94 and Brian Marvin '97. 

"1 do this to give the students a chance to use their German 
other than in class," says Seufert. "The project involves reading, 
writing, memorizing and speaking, so there's a lot of learning 
involved. Sometimes kids are reticent and I let them perform as 
much or as little as they want. Usually they come through in a big 
way, so it's a confidence builder as well. Kids look forward to it. It 
becomes part of their tradition of being at GDA." 

The German Theatre Festival is directed by Donna Van 
Handel, professor at Mt. Holyoke College and president of the 
American Association of German teachers. This year's GDA cast 
includes I im Cushman, Marisa Frey, Kelsey Johnson, Lina Adelt, 
Justin Leonard, DJ Ward, Gardiner Parker, Alma Sartorius, Crary 
Chandler, Elizabeth Guyton, Nicole Dietz, Tyler Gobin, Andrew 
Guyton,Tim fang, Jake Robinson, Rachael Therriault and Brian 
issey. -JK 

Irchon - Spii 

'Bye Bye Birdie' Thrills 
Parents Weekend Audience 

The winter drama program presented Bye Bye Birdie in the 
Performing Arts Center on February 18 and 19. Playing to nearly 
full houses both nights, the joyous and comical musical chased away 
everyone's winter blues with the excellent performances of the 
actors and the beautiful set created by the tech crew. 

Acting director Mr. Paul Wann and music director Mr. Chris 
Drelich were justly proud of the talented, energetic and fun loving 
cast, as was Mr. Joe Repczynski of his tech crew. 

Faculty Present 

'Wonderful Life' 

An onstage kiss between 

Headmaster and Mrs. Doggett 

was just one of the highlights of 

GDA's second annual faculty 

drama production on January 

15 in The Performing Arts 

Center. The radio play of It's a 

Wonderful Life was directed by 

English and drama teacher Paul 

Wann and his wife, actress/director 

Bonnie Jean Wilbur. More than a dozen 

faculty members participated as actors. "The concept," explains Mr. 

Wann, "is that the audience is watching a group of actors put on a 

radio version of the story, It's a Wonderful Life" 




Soup's On Again... 

"Soup's On," the annual Empty Bowls fundraiser 
at GDA, raised a record $2870 for the Cape Ann 
Food Pantry this year over Winter Parents Weekend. 

Each year since 2000, students, faculty and staff 
have created handmade ceramic bowls in the school's 
ceramics studio, which are then sold for $10 each 
with homemade soup included. This year, 310 bowls 
were made for sale. In the past, local restaurants con- 
tributed the soups. This year, the dining staff of the 
Academy provided several different varieties of gour- 
met soup. 

Students Jon Mahoney of Peabody, Tom Roche 
of Wayland, and Andrew Weinstein of Dover were 
chairs of this year's event, with Sean Murphy of 
Hampton Falls, NH, and Zack Richards of Natick 
acting as their "shadows" in preparation for chairing 
next year's Soup's On. 

The Empty Bowls Project began in 1990 when 
a high school art teacher in Michigan sought a way 
to help his students develop a project to help fight 
world hunger. Since then, the project has expanded 
world-wide to raise millions of dollars to support 
food banks, soup kitchens, and other organizations 
that fight hunger. Soup's On, GDA's Empty Bowls 
Project, was started by Angela Rappoli '04 of Danvers 
and Lindsay Clunie '04 of Newburyport. 

Concert Benefits 
Tsunami Victims 

More than $1500 was raised at a musical concert 
organized by seniors Caroline Ott and Nicole Dietz 
to benefit victims of the tsunami disaster. GDA 
instrumental and vocal performers performed with 
some faculty, parents and the North Shore 
Symphony Select Flute Choir on Sunday, February 
13 in The Performing Arts Center. 

Donations were sent to AmeriCares, a nonprofit 
disaster relief and humanitarian aid organization 
which provides immediate response to emergency 
medical needs to people around the world. 

photo by Lindsey Hery '05 

GDA Artists Garner Recognition 

Six GDA students recently joined the ranks of award-winning 
artists, earning recognition in the Boston Globe Scholastic Art Awards. 
Now in its 53rd year, the Globe's annual program recognizes outstand- 
ing achievement among young Massachusetts artists in grades 7 through 
12. Michaela Early '07 earned Honorable Mention in soft pastel draw- 
ing; Yu Jin Lee '06 received a Silver Key for mixed media drawing; 
Molly Van Rossum '08 received a Silver Key for ceramics; Lindsey Hery 
'05 received a Portfolio Nomination in photography and her work will 
go to New York to compete for further recognition; Emilie Pickering 
'05 received a Silver Key in ceramics; and Taylor Wailes '08 earned 
Honorable Mention in oil painting. 

Silver Key winning works were on exhibit at the State 
Transportation Building in Boston during January and February. 

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Doaiie Pafafca 


What is furniture? It seems like a silly 
question - until you meet Duane Paluska. 

Paluska, who creates beautiful but what 
many call useless furniture, came to his art via 
the classroom. He arrived at Governor 
Dummer in the fall of 1959 at just 22 years old, 
having decided to take some time off from 
graduate school. Paluska taught English at the 
Academy for three years, while also maintaining 
an art studio in Newburyport and building 
houses in the summer. He left GDA in 1962 
and moved to Mexico for a year to paint. 

The following year he returned to teach- 
ing, this time at Wheelock College. After three 
years there, he left to finish his Doctorate in 
English and American Literature at Brandeis, 
and then began teaching at Bowdoin College. 

Paluska soon found himself married, and 
the father of two sons. (His older son, John, 
went on to become the long time manager of 
the band Phish.) After teaching at Bowdoin for 
five years, he finally gave in to his desire to 
become a full-time artist and craftsman. 
Though Paluska had enjoyed teaching, he felt 
the move was right. He still talks of missing his 
students sometimes, but thinks himself better 
off working on his own. 

Paluska now divides his time between 
building furniture and painting. He first began 
working with furniture while at GDA, buying 

ike furniture 

by Andrew Therriault '99 

antiques and refurbishing them. For him, the transition from build- 
ing houses to making furniture was easy. Both are, in his view, "a 
process of making one big thing out of a lot of other things." 

The same philosophy extends to much of what we do in life, he 
says. This association between building furniture and everyday living 
is illustrated in much of his recent work. Four years ago, Paluska 
began making what others have deemed "dysfunctional" furniture. 
Devoid of any practical purpose, his pieces have become more art 
than furniture. 

"One Ball," one of his earliest pieces in this style, is made up 
of two small tables joined top to top, with a pool ball lodged between 
them. The point of such a work, he 
says, is to highlight the process of its 
making. The two tables would other- 
wise be two extraordinarily well- 
crafted tables, but they have fallen into 
a state of disability. Paluska considers 
these pieces "both funny and sad at the 
same time."They require a great deal of 
time, skill and effort, yet often fail to 
produce any useful, tangible result; the 
analogy to life is clear. We often focus 
on the results of our actions, he says, 
without appreciating the work that 
goes into them. 

When pressed to cite an outside 
influence for his work, Paluska hesi- 
tantly refers to the Surrealist move- 
ment, which portrayed the world from 
the view of the subconscious without 
regard to logical comprehension. But, 
he warns, "I don't think of myself as a 
Surrealist. I feel like I am taking famil- 
iar, everyday objects, and letting loose a 

"Remember the old cartoons," he 
continues, "where the toy shop owner closes up for the night, and all 
the toys come to life? That's what I'm trying to do with furniture." 

The main difference between Paluska's furniture and that of 
artists working in other media is the process. "With abstract paint- 
ing," he explains, "you can improvise most of it. With furniture, 
though, you have to plan a lot more in advance." To demonstrate, he 
points at the tables in "One Ball." They're still tables, he says, and as 
with normal furniture, you have to plan how to make the legs level, 

and how to get it to hold weight. 

Paluska's most recent works begin to challenge this idea more 
and more. "Quixote," for example, is best described as a chair frame 
that's been twisted. Knowing his work, it is easy to recognize the 
piece as a chair (as opposed to a table or desk), but it certainly 
stretches the imagination. It is notable for having only three of four 
legs aligned with the floor, yet it is still perfectly balanced and stable. 
His work, Paluska says, "is like furniture, but getting further and 
further away." In the past year, he has made one piece of "legit" fur- 
niture, a table, and about 20 other pieces. He strives to demonstrate 
"craftsmanship 'wasted', in the narrowest sense," appreciating innate 
beauty despite impracticality.And much of 
this beauty, of course, comes from Paluska's 
skills as a master furniture builder; his craft 
is evident in all of his pieces. 

This idea evokes thoughts of other 
renowned sculptors. The works of 
Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi, 
for example, were meant to represent the 
idea of a thing without resembling the 
thing itself. In Paluska's case, the "thing" 
started out as furniture and developed a 
personality and the capacity for mutation. 
Despite their distortion, however, chairs 
remain chairs and tables remain tables; the 
pieces cannot escape their innate natures. 
Paluska now lives with his wife in 
Woolwich, Maine, in a house he built 20 
years ago. He maintains an art gallery in 
Brunswick, where he showcases artists 
from or living in Maine, and continues 
building furniture in a workshop behind 
the gallery. When asked about the future of 
his work, Paluska replies, "I'm not sure 
what it will be yet, but I feel I've still got 
further to go." What he'll build next is 
anybody's guess. All we know is that it will look something like fur- 
niture. B 

Paluska's gallery, ICON Contemporary Art, is located at 
19 Mason Street, Brunswick, Maine. Gallery hours are 1-5 
weekdays, 1-4 Saturdays. Call ahead for information and 
directions; 207-725-8157. 

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The Empire at Albany: 
The Albany Plan of Union of 1754 

The following is an abridgement of the 25-page paper Tim Lang 
wrote for his Advanced Placement United Stares History course at 
GDA. Tim was recently named New England district winner in 
the national Cum Laude Society 2004 Paper Competition for this 

"I am still of the opinion it would have been happy for both 
sides of the water if it had been adopted." commented Benjamin 
Franklin in his 1788 Autobiography, speaking of the failure of his 
Albany Plan of Union. "[T]he bloody contest [the War for 
Independence]... would have been avoided." Franklin, however, was 
mistaken. The failed Albany Plan, which was drafted at the Albany 
Congress of 1754, a conference of nine colonies, could not have pre- 
vented the War. Indeed, the history of the Albany Plan of Union 
shows how different the colonists and British had come to be by the 
mid- 18th Century 

On June 19, 1754, Lieutenant Governor DeLancey called the 
first session of the Albany Congress to order. Once the sessions got 
underway problems arose. Concerning the major issues that were 
discussed at the Congress, namely a common Indian and defense pol- 
icy, the delegates supported many opposing viewpoints. This dead- 
lock resulted in the most important product of the Congress: the 
Albany Plan of Union, a proposal for a permanent and cooperative 
inter-colonial union. 

The sub-committee empanelled to create the plan was com- 
prised of a delegate from each of the colonies in attendance. Chief 
among them was Benjamin Franklin. Three years earlier, in 1751, as 
if anticipating the troubles that would precipitate the Albany 
Congress. Franklin had drafted a plan in order to effect colonial 
cooperation in matters of defense and British-Indian relations. He 
revised his plan on the journey to Albany in a document titled "Short 
Hints towards a Scheme for Uniting the Northern Colonies." 

by Tim Lang '05 

Once the subcommittee had drafted the Plan, it presented its 
work to the full Congress on July 10. As one of the final acts taken 
at the Congress concerning the Plan of Union, the delegates referred 
it to Parliament in England and the legislatures of the American 

Despite the reasons for the Plan and colonial union in general, 
nothing could convince the colonial legislatures of the merits of the 
Plan. Some legislatures effectively ignored the Plan. Others outright 
rejected it. Reflecting later in life, Franklin defined the traditional 
interpretation of colonists' rejection of the Plan: "They all saw too 
much prerogative in it..." Historian Ned Landsman observed that 
colonial detractors of the Plan saw their cherished liberty "rooted in 
local autonomy, with local leadership as the principal bulwark against 
grasping power..." The New Jersey legislature, when justifying its 
disapproval of the Albany Plan, expressed its concern to safeguard 
their liberties as British colonials: 

"...Sony to Say we find things in it, which if carried into 
Practice would affect our Constitution in its very Vitals and for that 
reason we hope and believe, they will never be countenanced by a 
British Legislature." 

Similarly, the Massachusetts General Court rejected it on the 
grounds that it infringed on rights granted to the colony through its 
royal charter. 

According to the view of contemporary historian Timothy 
Shannon on the colonial legislatures' rejection of the Albany Plan, 
the colonies acted not only from a love of liberty, but also because 
they had other interests in mind. Even if it was not clear whether the 
government formed by the Plan would usurp colonial rights, it 
would have curtailed certain activities of the colonies. Shannon 
believed the colonists, suspiciously silent about political rights which 
might be lost if the Plan were accepted, were actually more con- 
cerned about economic repercussions. Albany. New York was the 
center of colonial trade with the Indians and this trade was lucrative 
for the colonv. However, under the government established by the 

Plan, the colony would have had to cede its hegemony over Indian 
trade to the inter-colonial government. Other colonies, like Virginia, 
did not have firmly established western boundaries; as a result they 
were able to lay claims to western land. Ceding power over western 
land to the inter-colonial government, a provision of the Plan, 
would have severely limited each colony's control over land 
disputes. Because of the limitations the Plan would have placed 
on their economic power, according to Shannon, Virginia rejected 
it. Thus, the Albany Plan of Union was killed in the American 

The reaction of the colonies to the Albany Plan of Union 
exhibits much about their thoughts concerning government. The 
way some colonists, like those in Massachusetts and New Jersey, 
feared the effect that the Albany Plan of Union would have on their 
local governments or charters displays how much they valued the 
small representative govern- 
ments they had established. 
Furthermore, Maryland's 
rejection of the Plan, on the 
grounds that it did not want 
a Crown-appointed com- 
mander-in-chief, shows a 
growing mistrust of their 
British rulers. From the 
example of the colonies that 
acted out of economic self- 
interest, like Virginia defend- 
ing its right to western 
expansion, or New York 
defending its control over 
Indian trade, it can be 
assumed that the colonists 
were defining themselves by 
their colonies, and acted in 
ways that would aid them- 
selves and not necessarily 
other British subjects here or 

abroad. In rejecting the Albany Plan of Union, the colonists were also 
rejecting the notion of a large and distant government and, at the 
same time, reaffirming their allegiances to their respective local gov- 

On July 22, 1754, Lieutenant Governor DeLancey sent a copy 
of the Albany Plan of Union to the Board of Trade in London which 
referred the whole matter to the King's Privy Council. The Plan was 
never discussed in Parliament. Whereas the colonial legislatures 
spurned the Plan because of the perceived threat to their power, the 
British rejected it for much different reasons. Writing about it later 
in his Autobiography, Franklin said the British saw "too much of the 
democratic" element in it. Parliament, which assumed the colonies 
were inferior to it, did not consider the matter because it "was wary 
of vesting any new powers in what would be a purely provincial 
body," Landsman concluded. Furthermore, Franklin recorded in his 
Autobiography that his Plan was not accepted because the British 
officials had already drafted their proposal for a union, the "Plan of 

Historian Robert Newbold offered a different assessment of the 
defeat of the Plan. "Apparently they [The Board of Trade] saw noth- 

This cartoon, created by Benjamin Franklin and printed in his 
Pennsylvania Gazette in 1754, is considered the first political car- 
toon to appear in America. The woodcut of the early American 
Colonies, a snake cut into eight segments, was used to support 
Franklin's position that the colonies should band together. 

ing particularly alarming in the project," concludes Newbold, "oth- 
erwise they undoubtedly would have conveyed their objections to 
the Crown." In Newbold's judgment, the Plan was not rejected 
because of its democratic tendencies, but simply set aside. This view, 
challenging Franklin's presumption of an anti-democratic British 
attitude, presents the British in a far different light. The Plan met its 
end in London, Newbold concluded, because of the negative reac- 
tion it received in America. 

A more recent view of the British's rejection of the Plan moves 
back towards the Franklinian assessment of the ministry's attitude, but 
also stresses that the Plan would not have furthered Parliament's plans 
for war. According to Shannon, the ministry was "[djesperate to 
mobilize for war against France" and took those actions which 
would serve this end. The enactment of the Albany Plan would not 
have granted the British new powers since the provision that the 
President-General could act as 
commander-in-chief had already 
been exercised. Thus the ministry 
rejected the Albany Plan in 
London as being unnecessary. 

The reasons for the rejec- 
tion of the Albany Plan in 
London primarily rest in the 
British attitude towards the 
Plan — and, by extension, 
towards the colonists. There is a 
commonality that exists among 
the three views of the Plan's 
rejection; each interpretation, to 
a certain extent, acknowledges 
an anti-colonial sentiment. 
Franklin's view emphatically 
charges the British with being 
opposed to giving the colonists 
power. While moderating 
Franklin's assertions, Shannon's 
post-revisionist view, by claim- 
ing that the British rejected the Plan because it did not aid in mobi- 
lization, implies that the British considered them to be second-class 
citizens in the Empire, worthy of consideration only when it would 
aid them. Even Newbold's sanguine opinion of the ministry's rejec- 
tion carries with it a tacit admission of their bias against the colonists. 
At best, the Board's lack of commentary on the Plan, and Parliament's 
ignoring of it, show a certain level of indifference or apathy towards 
a colonial proposal that would not have aided the British on the east- 
ern side of the Atlantic. Whether it is antipathy, opportunism, or apa- 
thy that motivated the British to reject the Plan, the attitude of the 
British could not have fostered the growth of the American colonies. 
Although a visionary document, The Albany Plan of Union 
would not have been able to prevent the Revolution. The views and 
beliefs of the American colonists and the British, even as early at 
1754, were far too different. Franklin and the other commissioners at 
Albany had wished for too much when they drafted the Albany Plan 
of Union, hoping that the colonies and the mother country might 
be drawn closer together. But too much had changed between them 
by 1754, and the stirrings of a new nation can be sensed in the rejec- 
tion of this attempt to preserve the British empire in America. E 

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Median O'Mallev '03 

Anabel Perdomo '02 

GDA Girls Hold Full Court in College 

4 21,, . ._. 

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by Amanda Mello '05 

If they want to play, 
they have to play with heart 

Every athlete has heard the phrase over and over again, "There 
is no T in team." It takes a team to work together and support each 
other to be successful. For Governor Dummer Academy's Girls 
Varsity Basketball, success came when four athletes stood out to 
win back-to-back New England Class B Championships and enjoy 
an undefeated season. Anabel Perdomo, Ashley Mastrangelo, 
Vanessa Russell and Meghan O'Malley all shone in the GDA spot- 
light during their time at the Academy. To their credit, the recent 
graduates all have continued their basketball careers on successful 
college teams. 

When asked what caught his eye about Anabel Perdomo '02, 
Coach Joseph Frager, 
head coach of the 
Southern Connecticut 
Owls, replied, "Her ath- 
leticism, quickness, and 
above all, her hustle." 
Perdomo has been a key 
player for the Southern 
Connecticut Owls for 
the past three years. She 
began playing basketball 
when she was in the 

fourth grade, inspired by her sister Eny who played for Lawrence 
High School. While at Governor Dummer, she helped carry the 
team to two New England Class B Championships, with a record 
of 23-3 in 2000-2001 and 22-4 in the 2001-2002 season. "Anabel 
was the epitome of energy unharnessed," GDA Coach Isaiah Suggs 
says. "The purpose for touching the court in her mind was to win 
the game." Perdomo graduated GDA doing just that, winning 
almost every game she stepped on the court to play. In 2002, she 
began at Southern Connecticut University, which she chose for its 
diversity, strong education and basketball programs. She is cur- 
rently a junior, majoring in Graphic Design. When Perdomo first 
began playing college ball, the transition looked easy for her. "She 
met and surpassed our expectations," states Coach Frager. Frager 
believes that because she is known always to put forth all her effort 
she has become a valued teammate and a joy to coach. Perdomo, 
however, says the transition was, in fact, difficult in some ways. 
"You have to play hard every practice and every game because, if 
you don't, someone is competing to take your spot," she says. "Most 
of all, the basketball players in college were all good players in high 
school so you are never playing against someone who is not very 

good." Perdomo is a starting guard and typically sees 32 minutes a 
game. On average, she has 4.2 assists a game and adds 8.5 points to 
the board. In the 2004-2005 season, the Owls finished the season 
tied with Merrimack College in the Division II Northeast 
Conference, with a winning record of 22-4, before playoffs. They 
have been ranked 16th in the Division II national rankings. The 
Owls weren't expected to be such an outstanding team for this sea- 
son. Perdomo and fellow guard Kim Jackie were the only two 
players on the team who were viewed as upper scale in the con- 
ference. However, the team battled through seven or eight games 
when they were down and came together to win. This effort and 

teamwork is what Coach 
Frager believes will bring 
his team to win a champi- 
onship. Perdomo says her 
goals are to win a confer- 
ence tournament and win 
the Division II National 
Championship. After col- 
lege she hopes she can 
continue her basketball 
career as a player overseas. 
Although Perdomo has 
surpassed expectations and brought her team to another level, she 
says, "I am never satisfied with myself. I always think that I can 
accomplish more. I feel that is one of my best qualities because I 
never settle. I shoot as high as I can." 

"She was the fiercest competitor and she allowed her team to 
bask in glory as she figured out how she could best support the 
team," Coach Suggs says of Ashley Mastrangelo '02. Mastrangelo 
was another member of the GDA girls basketball team that won 
two back-to-back New England Class B Championships. Like 
many of the other girls on the team, Mastrangelo has enjoyed a suc- 
cessful college basketball career as well, playing for Wesleyan 
University in Middletown, Connecticut. A junior this year, she has 
helped lead her team to place fourth in the NESCAC conference, 
with a winning record of 20-4. "We recruited Ashley to help us get 
to this level of competition," says Wesleyan women's basketball 
coach, Kate Mullen. "Though only a junior, she has already 
demonstrated her leadership for our team. She has put the team on 
her back and carried us this year in several key victories. Her voice 
is heard and respected." Mastrangelo had a strong season, earning an 
average of 32 minutes a game. She averaged 13.2 points per game, 

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7 rebounds and 1.8 assists. In a win 
against Tufts (74-62) on January 28, 
2005, Mastrangelo almost had a 
triple-double, with 20 points, eight 
rebounds and eight assists. Early in 
the season, during the Nancy 
Selinksi Tournament in November 
2004, Mastrangelo stood out and was 
named the tournament MVP. She 
played a vital part in carrying the 
team to post-season play where they 
hoped to win a national champi- 
onship. "Ashley has a big heart, pas- 
sion for the game of basketball, and is 
flat out a funny person to be 
around," according to Coach 
Mullen. "We feel very fortunate to 
have Ashley at Wesleyan. She has 
been an outstanding addition to the 
Wesleyan community." 

"I think having a passion for the 
game at such a young age was more 
important than having the skills," 
says Vanessa Russell '02 about her 
basketball career. Russell is one 
more of the four recent Governor 
Dummer Academy graduates who 
has brought her college basketball 
team to top seeds in its division. A 
junior at Bowdoin College in 
Brunswick, ME, Russell majors in 
Psychology with a minor in 
Education. She is also a vital mem- 
ber of the Bowdoin Polar Bears 
Women's Basketball team. Russell, 
who was exposed to the sport when 
she was only two years old, began 
playing on an organized team when 
she was in the third grade. From that 
point on, her basketball career blos- 
somed. Coming to GDA as a fresh- 
man, Russell helped bring the team 
to new heights, her freshman year 
being the first time in 19 years that 
the girls basketball team made it to 
playoffs. "The success was awesome 
but I think the impact our success 
had on the community and its inter- 
est in women's sports was the most 
exciting part of my experience [at 
GDA]," Russell states, looking back 
on her high school career. Russell 
was selected as Governor Dummer's 
Athlete of the Year in 2001. "She 
was the most graceful basketball 
player that I have ever seen," com- 
ments Coach Suggs, "It was always 
clear to me that she was thinking 

two steps ahead of the competition." 
After four successful years, including 
the two championships and an unde- 
feated season, Russell settled into 
Bowdoin easily, meeting the chal- 
lenges of a demanding basketball 
schedule with four-hour practices 
every day. Russell has started 50 
games in her college career. She 
scored 398 points as of February 28, 
2005, including 61 career three- 
pointers. According to her Bowdoin 
coach, Stephanie Pempers, "Vanessa 
impacts our team offensively and 
defensively. Offensively she has 
amazing versatility. She handles the 
ball and handles pressure exception- 
ally well, and she knows how to cre- 
ate for others. She is a talented 3- 
point shooter and is equally adept at 
driving to the basket and scoring. 
Defensively, she can shut opponents 
down. She has great instincts, great 
hands to deflect passes, she can block 
shots and rebound, and she keeps 
opponents from driving exception- 
ally well." The Bowdoin Polar Bears 
have just won their fifth NESCAC 
(New England Small College 
Athletic Conference), and are cur- 
rently ranked one of the top three 
teams in the nation. They hold an 
NCAA best of winning 54 straight 
home games. As The Archon went 
to press, the team was advancing 
through the playoffs, looking for an 
NCAA Championship. This year, 
the Polar Bears went undefeated in 
the NESCAC Division and had a 
winning record of 22-2 overall. 
Russell's goal is to win a national 
championship, to work hard, and to 
have fun. "I think Vanessa's team- 
mates have a lot of respect for her as 
a person and as a basketball player," 
says coach Pemper. "Most impor- 
tantly, however, they believe in her. 
They see her talent, her commit- 
ment, and her integrity. I also think 
they love spending time with her on 
and off the court." 

Meghan O'Malley '03, a year 
younger than the other three girls, 
also has stepped up her game to the 
college level. "She was a strong 
rebounder and she could put the ball 
back in the bucket with great effi- 
ciency," Coach Suggs recalls. "Her 

skill as a ball handler was unmatched 
by many girls of her size." O'Malley 
has brought her skills as a player to 
Williams College, where she is cur- 
rently in her sophomore year. She 
helped bring her 2004-2005 team to 
place third in the NESCAC confer- 
ence, with a winning record of 7-2 
in the conference and 19-7 overall. 
O'Malley has started all 26 games of 
the season, averaging 28.2 minutes a 
game. She has proved to be a great 
asset both on defense and offense. 
She shoots 46.2 percent from the 
floor and 65.2 percent from the line, 
averaging about 10.9 points per 
game. Defensively, she has collected 
110 rebounds this season, blocked 
10 shots during the season and had 
32 steals. "Meghan is a dominant 
post player, very strong and has great 
moves under the hoop," says her 
coach at Williams, Pat Manning. "She 
is also a solid three-point shooter 
which adds a new dimension to her 
game. Meghan is extremely coach- 
able and dedicated, the consummate 
team player. Our team was solid this 
season. I expect even bigger things 
next year and MegO will play a 
major role in our success." O'Malley 
leads her team in overall rebounds, 
averaging 7.5 per game, grabbing a 
season high of 14 rebounds against 
Wesleyan University on January 14, 
2005. Despite a strong season, the 
Ephs lost in the NESCAC Semifinal 
to Bates College by a score of 62-59. 
Graduating only one senior, the team 
looks forward to next season when 
O'Malley will be a junior and show 
more growth as a player. 

These four girls have proudly 
represented GDA in their college 
careers, bringing the success they 
enjoyed at GDA to their college 
teams. They have left a legacy for 
every GDA team following to 
match. "I want to tell the girls that 
are on the GDA basketball team that 
if they want to win they have to play 
with heart," Perdomo advises. 

And she's right. It's a game of 
passion and heart as much as skill, 
and Perdomo s, Russell's, O'Malley s 
and Mastrangelo s continuing success 
proves that. S3 


£/i& /irc/iipes 

NEH Grant to Aid Collections 

The anteroom to the GDA Archives in Pescosolido Library 

What began in idle conversation at a dedication in 
September 2003 at the Peabody Essex Museum ended hap- 
pily in January 2005 with a $5,000 grant to GDA's extensive 
collection of archives. The museum event in Salem, 
Massachusetts, was celebrating the opening of the Yu Kil 
Chun Korean Gallery, which honors the famous Korean 
statesman and social reformer who was a student at the 
Academy in 1883, the first Korean ever to study in the West. 

As luck would have it, Headmaster Marty Doggett was 
seated at dinner next to Dr. Robert H. Sayers, a senior pro- 
gram officer in the Division of Education Programs with the 
National Endowment for the Humanities. The conversation 
soon turned to work, and Marty shared information about 
the wealth of items in the school's archives and the need to 
have them evaluated, organized, preserved, and catalogued. 
Dr. Sayers then told Marty about NEH Preservation 
Assistance Grants which help small and mid-size institutions 
improve their ability to preserve and care for their humanities 

Marty eagerly brought this information back to campus. 
Soon, Director of Archives and Library Services Mary Leary 
Manager of Archives Kate Finkham, and Development 
Stewardship Coordinator Nancy Warner were on the job. fill- 
ing out forms and writing a grant application. As the women 

wrote, "The purpose of this project is to preserve and render 
accessible the documents and artifacts of the archives of 
Governor Dummer Academy because of their inherent value 
and their historical importance to the school, the region, and 
the nation... Incorporated as a school on October 3, 1782 by 
the Massachusetts General Court, the incorporation docu- 
ment is signed by Governor John Hancock, Senate President 
Samuel Adams, and Speaker of the House Daniel Gorham. 
The archives contain Board of Trustee minutes penned by 
John Quincy Adams who was a clerk in the Newburyport, 
Massachusetts office of Theophilus Parsons, first Chief Justice 
of the Massachusetts Supreme Court. Our collection also 
includes the original Academy seal designed by Paul Revere." 
On January 3, 2005, Pinkham, Warner and Leary received 
the good news: NEH will give GDA $5,000 that will be used 
for two primary purposes. First, a consultant from Northeast 
Document Conservation Center in Andover, Millie 
O'Connell, will spend a day surveying the school's archives. 
She will then submit a long-range plan with recommenda- 
tions for the preservation of the collections. Secondly, some of 
the funds will pay for environmental monitoring equipment 
in the archives room and for preservation supplies such as acid 
free boxes and folders. 

ring 2005 

The hope is that additional grants will follow. "Receiving an NEH preservation grant helps to legitimize the historical 
importance of the Academy's collections," says Pinkham. "It will also help when applying for future grants." 

A standing Archives Committee was appointed by Headmaster Doggett in September 2004. It is charged with defining 
the archives mission; setting goals and policies for the maintenance and preservation of all Academy historic items; determin- 
ing how these artifacts might be displayed or exhibited; creating a system that ensures relevant papers, memorabilia, publica- 
tions, et al., from contemporary GDA life are preserved in the collection; and developing a budget plan to determine how to 
best use the approximately $27,000 generously donated for archival use by the Class of 1954. -JK 

The Class of 1954, through its gift of nearly $27,000, established a fund to meet the ongoing needs of the new Archives 
Committee. Other classes are invited to earmark gifts for the preservation of the schooVs archives that document the school's 
long and illustrious history. To date, funds from the gift of the Class of 1954 have been used to buy and install Pastpeifcct 
software and connected hardware, including a dedicated computer system to handle the recordkeeping, accession, and prove- 
nance of the collection, both now and in the future. According to John Raymer '54, "With financial pressures being what 
they are, and will be in the future, it is hard to imagine the Archives functioning without the support of alumni. I encour- 
age other classes to protect and preserve this jewel of a collection. "To learn how to make a gift personally or as a class, con- 
tact Kate Pinkham, Chair of the Archives Committee, at or 978-499-3340. 

The humanities collection at Governor Dummer Academy is significant and diverse. It is housed in an envi- 
ronmentally controlled archive room measuring 32' x 22' and includes the following collection: 

• Seventy-five linear feet of Trustee meeting minutes for the period from 1783 to 1995. These documents include 
seventeen ledger pages in the handwriting of John Quincy Adams, sixth President of the United States 

• Two linear feet of documents including the incorporation paper signed by Samuel Adams and John Hancock 
on October 3, 1782 

• Twenty-five linear feet of photographs and glass plate negatives of Essex County towns and neighborhoods 
taken by the noted Newburyport, Massachusetts photographer, John White Winder, between 1885 and 1905 

• A Civil War scrapbook containing the letters of William W Dorr written between 1862 and 1864 with original 
sketches of camp life and soldiers' portraits 

• Thirteen linear feet of letters, printed sermons and miscellaneous papers written by the Byfield, Massachusetts 
historian, Reverend John L. Ewell between 1865 and 1906 

• Sixty-five linear feet of rare books printed between 1706 to 1899 including a first edition of The Dictionary 
of English Language by Samuel Johnson, 1773 

• One hundred and forty linear feet of student academic records from 1900 to 2003 

• Fifty linear feet of photographs recording sporting events, special occasions and student organizations 

• Six linear feet of letters and sermons of Reverend Elijah Parish written between 1785 and 1848 

• One linear foot of letters written by Trustee Edward P. Noyes between 1893 and 1913 

• Four linear feet of Dummer family papers and photographs covering the years between 1725 and 1899, 
including the Academy's document of incorporation 

• Forty linear feet of framed signs, lithographs, prints, watercolor and oil paintings - many rendered by critically 
acclaimed artists 

• Eighteen linear feet of The Archon, the Academy's alumni magazine, recording student and alumni activities 
during the years between 1884 and 2004 

• Seventeen linear feet of The Milestone, the Academy's yearbook, for the years from 1925 to 2003 

• Thirty-four linear feet of miscellaneous printed material including school catalogs, view books, invitations 
and programs 

• One hundred linear feet of black-and-white and color photographs and color slides taken from 1860 to 2003 

• Eight linear feet of Headmaster letters and papers written between 1782 and 2003 

• Ten linear feet of student scrapbooks from 1906 to 1966 

• Twenty linear feet of miscellaneous objects including banners, trophies, and clothing 

• Three linear feet ofVHS tapes recorded between 1988 and 2003 

• Three linear feet of 16 mm and 35 mm film between 1925 and 1970 

• Six linear feet of newspapers covering the years from 1831 to 1917 

• Fifteen feet of other miscellaneous objects including the original Academy seal designed by Paul Revere 

The Archon es Spring 2005 23 

Food, Glorious Food... Texas Style 

He's not yet 35, but he's already graduated from college, 
worked as a math and science teacher, attended the New 
England Culinary Institute, and opened Bonnell's Fine Texas 
Cuisine, one of Fort Worth's most popular high-end restau- 
rants. This is a man who follows his dreams and makes them 
come true. "My wife thinks I'm crazy," says Jon Bonnell '90. "I 
signed the lease for the restaurant the day before we got mar- 
ried four years ago." 

He's talking during the busy lunchtime rush at Bonnell's. 
The bustle in the background is more than audible. How did 
the boy who spent much of his time at GDA taking photo- 
graphs for The Governor and The Archon end up as a suc- 
cessful restaurateur? 

"I always loved to cook, but I never thought of it as a pro- 
fession. There weren't any courses in cooking at Vanderbilt 
University where I went to college," he explains. After gradu- 
ating with a degree in elementary education and interdiscipli- 
nary social studies, Jon returned to his home in Texas and took 
a job teaching in a middle school and high school. "I liked to 
teach, but I wasn't passionate about it," he says. He found him- 
self spending much of his free time watching professional 
cooking shows on television, the Discovery Channel's "Great 
Chefs" and the Food Network. Within a couple of years, he 
realized that if he was ever going to pursue cooking he ought 
to do it while "it was just me and the dog and no responsibil- 

After looking into several culinary schools, Jon decided 
that the New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier, 
Vermont was the best in the nation. After receiving his accept- 
ance, "I just dove in and never looked back." They told him 
there that "as long as you can give up your weekends, holidays, 
nights and social life, you're gonna love this business. And if 
you can stand up for 10 hours at a time." They were right. Jon 
loves "this crazy industry." 

Perhaps it was always in the cards. After all, both Jon's par- 
ents cooked a lot. "Mom knew a lot of classic recipes. She's still 

a force to be reckoned with when it comes to throwing a din- 
ner party." His father was "king of the grill, a cook by-the-seat- 
of-your-pants kind of guy who'd say, 'Let's do a side of ribs,' 
and figure out a great recipe." He "had a feel for it," says Jon. 

Which brings Jon to his theory about culinary arts. "Lots 
of people like to cook," he says, "but only a few have a real 
knack for putting things together that taste good. Anyone can 
follow a recipe. How do you create things yourself?" Jon feels 
he has the knack, yet that is not enough to be successful. "Can 
you do it 100 times a night and make the last one taste as good 
as the first? Translating from liking to cook to cooking profes- 
sionally is a big change." When he started culinary school he 
realized he didn't know a thing about professional cooking. 

No one can say that about Jon today. Last year, he was 
invited to the James Beard Foundation in New York City, to 
be showcased as a Rising Star of American Cuisine with 12 
other new chefs. He was only the second chef ever invited 
from his geographical area, and the first to be asked back. In 
August, 2005, Jon will partner with a California winemaker 
and return to create a meal of Texas cuisine. "To get invited 
once was a tremendous honor. In my field, it's like getting to 
play at Carnegie Hall. To be asked back is even more excit- 
ing. I knew the first trip went well, but I didn't expect the 
phone to ring for a follow-up dinner this soon." He also won 
the Dallas Food and Wine Festival's Chef competition in 2004, 
and was named Best New Restaurant and Best Southwest 
Restaurant by Fort Worth magazine, Best Chef and Best 
Restaurant by the Fort Worth Weekly, and Outstanding 
Restaurateur of the Year in 2004 by the Texas Restaurant 

Jon doesn't believe in keeping his recipes secret. "I give 
them all away. If anyone wants one, go the website [www.bon-] and I'll send it to you." Even easier, check 
out the ones Jon sent for this story. Oh, and by the way, the 
former photographer for GDA publications took all the food 
photos on these pages. -JK 

Lobster Salad 


Meat from two large lobsters 
(approximately 2 lbs live weight each) 

1 poblano pepper (roasted, peeled and seeded) 

1 red jalapeno (roasted, peeled and seeded) 

Juice of one lemon 

1 cup mayonnaise 

1 bunch fresh dill, chopped 

2 tsp kosher salt 
pepper to taste 

1 cup peeled, seeded, diced cucumber 

1/3 cup diced star fruit 

7 leaves Belgian endive chopped 

1 cup finely diced radish 

2 tbsp chopped chives 

1 avocado diced 

2 cantaloupes 


1. Cut both cantaloupes in half and remove 
the seeds; then set aside. 

2. Combine the remaining ingredients and 
season to taste. 

3. Serve the chilled salad inside the cantaloupe 
halves and garnish with sprigs of herbs and 
sliced star fruit. 

Tequila Glazed Quail Tacos 


6 oz. cleaned boneless quail meat (diced) 
1 shallot (diced) 

1 poblano pepper (roasted, peeled and seeded) 
1 clove garlic 

1 oz. red pepper (diced) 

2 oz. chicken stock 

1 serrano chile (diced) 

1 oz. gold tequila 

Salt and pepper to taste 

Olive oil 

6-8 taco shells 


1. In a hot non-stick skillet, brown the quail meat 
in olive oil; then season with salt and pepper. 

2. Add in the remaining solid ingredients and cook 
until soft. 

3. Deglaze with chicken stock and reduce by half. 

4. Add tequila and allow to flame. 

(Never pour straight from the bottle; pour from a 
separate glass.) 

5. Fill the taco shells first with green chili cheese 
grits, then the quail mixture and serve. 

TheArchon ee Spring 2005 25 

Oysters Texasfeller 


12 Galveston Bay oysters 

1 cup flour 

2 tablespoons Creole seasoning 
1 shallot, finely chopped 

1 clove garlic, minced 

1 teaspoon butter 

2 cups fresh pinach, chopped 

1 small bunch cilantro, chopped 
1/3 cup diced Tasso ham 
1 splash dry white wine 
Salt and pepper 


1. Clean and shuck the oysters. Discard only the top 
halves of the oyster shells. 

(Any type of reasonably sized live oyster can be substituted 
when Galveston Bay oysters are not available.) 

2. Dredge the oysters in a mixture of the flour and 
Creole seasoning until well coated. 

(A pre-mixed Creole seasoning can be purchased from most 
supermarkets and specialty food stores.) 

3. Fry the oysters in a 375 degree oil for approximately 
two minutes. Set the fried oysters on a paper towel. 

4. In a saute pan, over medium heat, cook the shallot 
and garlic in the butter until it begins to brown. 

5. Place the Tasso ham, spinach and cilantro into 
the pan. 

Then splash in a bit of white wine and cook until 
the spinach is wilted. 

6. Season to taste with salt and pepper. 

(Tasso ham is a Louisiana specialty available in some 
specialty stores. If it is unavailable, pancetta, an Italian 
pork product or salt pork can be substituted.) 

7. Place a small scoop of the spinach mixture 
back into the individual shells, then lay a fried 
oyster on the spinach and top with a small amount 
of Hollandaise sauce (recipe below). 

Hollandaise Sauce 

2 egg yolks 

1 cup unsalted butter 

1/4 teaspoon lemon juice 

1/8 teaspoon Cayenne pepper 

1 dash hot sauce 

1. Start the sauce by clarifying the butter. This is 
done by melting the butter slowly in a small 
saucepan to separate the milk solids. Skim any 
foam from the surface of the butter, then pour off 
the clear part of the butter. Be careful not to use 
the sediment that has formed at the bottom 

of the pan. 

2. Whisk egg yolks over a double boiler, on low heat. 
When the yolks have doubled in volume, add 
remaining ingredients except for the butter. Slowly 
drizzle the butter in while whisking vigorously. 
Season to taste with salt. Store sauce in a warm 
place until ready to use. Do not refrigerate 

or reheat. 

26 TheArchon • Spring 2005 

Faculty and staff members at GDA demonstrated their commitment, loyalty and 
generosity to the school through their contributions to the 2004 Annual Fund. 
Thank you to all of the faculty and staff who give every day to the 
betterment of the Academy for this additional statement of 
their support for the oldest boarding 
school in America! 

Faculty /St 

In a Kitchen Closer to Home . . . . 

Mark Loomis and Jurgen Wurth 

GDA's Food Production Manager, aka 
Chef Mark Loomis, and Sous Chef Jurgen 
Wurth took their culinary skills to the 
regional competition of the National 
Association of Colleges and University 
Food Services (NACUFS) at Middlebury 
College in mid-March. 

Pecan crusted saddle of lamb infused 
with a demi-glace of sheep's yogurt, grilled 
asparagus, and sweet and russet potato bat- 
tonette completed their menu. With only 
75 minutes allowed for preparation, Wurth, 
with coaching from Loomis, created four 
dinner plates from recipes the two devel- 
oped back in Byfield. Dishes must stay 
within nutritional guidelines, so the menu 
was analyzed to be certain it fell under daily 
recommended allowances. Judges watched 
over every move, evaluating knife skills, 
cooking technique, and sanitation. For the 
uninitiated, saddle of lamb is the area from 
the 13th rib to the hip. so it must be 
deboned and the tenderloin and loin cut 

Once the meal was cooked, two more 

judges and the cook sampled the fare, and 
the fourth plate was used for a photograph. 
As the only secondary school participating, 
the GDA team competed against Brown, 
Dartmouth, Smith, and University of New 
Hampshire. "The biggest challenge," says 
Loomis, "is having to perform in front of 
judges." The idea behind the event, he says, 
is education — to learn from each other. 
"We hope to get our name out there, to let 
them know we're talented, but also to learn 
what we have to tweak." Contestants have 
daily contact with the judges in advance of 
the competition, and judges offer critiques 
as part of the event. 

Loomis came to GDA two-and-a-half 
years ago. A graduate of Johnson and Wales 
University, he holds an Associate's degree in 
Culinary Arts and a Bachelor's degree in 
Hotel Administration. For 10 years, he 
worked at the upscale Mayflower Hotel in 
Washington, DC, in food and beverages and 
as director of restaurants. GDA is his first 
job in a school, a welcome step after the 
high-stress 90-hour-a-week schedule of the 

commercial hotel and restaurant industry. 

Wurth, a native of Germany, trained in 
Europe as a chef and began working at 
GDA two years ago. He is just one of the 
talented staff Loomis works with every day. 
The other cooks are Bill Fiddler, Arthur 
Warfel, Seton La Lacheur, Bobby Fields, 
Tina Gibbons, and Christina Calfite. Every 
day, the staff prepares three meals for faculty, 
staff and students. "We deal with high qual- 
ity food," explains Loomis. "No frozen 
meats, fresh vegetables that are in season." 
David Alonzi, Director of Dining Services, 
buys the food based on the menus devel- 
oped by Loomis and his staff. 

Senior dinners, other class dinners, and 
dinners at the Mansion House offer the staff 
a chance to do some fancier cooking. About 
a year ago, a friendly competition among 
cooks began, with their taking turns creat- 
ing the menus and recipes for these special 
occasion meals. "We have a talented staff," 
says Loomis. "I know I can send anyone up 
to Mansion House and feel comfortable 
that they'll do a great job." -JK 

28 TheArchon ■ Sprii 

Lamb in Maple Sijrtyp and 
Sheep yojwt Demi^lace 

Recipe bij duraen Wurth 
Four Servings 

5 ounces lamb lob, separable lean & fat, R-T-C 

4 ounees sweet potatoes 

4 ounces russet potatoes 

2 ounces demi^lace 

1 ounce plain yogurt 

3 ounces asparagus spear 

2 ounces olive oil 

2 tablespoons peeans, dry-roasted 

1 ounce maple sijrup 

1. Salt and pepper lamb loins-, then roll in crashed pecans. 

2. Brim) oil in pan to temp and brown the lamb 

3. Cut potatoes and yams into cubes 

4. Brim) salted water to boil and add potatoes 

5. Remove lamb from pan when medium-rare 

6. De^laze pan with lamb demit) lace 

7. J\dd maple syrup to demi^laee-, whisk in and turn off heat 

8. WhisK Jjo^urt into demi^laee? set aside 

9. Put potatoes on plate and pour demialaee onto plate 

10. Cut meat and place on demialaee 

11. Heat one pan and flash saute asparagus tips 

12. Plaee al dente asparagus on plate and serve 


The Governors took another major step forward on the 
wrestling mat this winter, more than doubling their win 
total to finish 10-11 in dual meets, with a 6-6 record in the 
league. Two Gov wrestlers, Senior Andrew Guyton and 
Junior Ryan Becker advanced to the finals of the Graves- 
Kelsey tournament. A total of six GDA wrestlers qualified 
to compete at the New England wrestling championships at 
theTaft School on March 4 and 5. With four of the New 
England's qualifiers returning to the mat next year, things are 
looking bright for the future of wrestling in Byfield. The 
GDA wrestling coaches and teammates wish a fond farewell 
to our departing seniors, Andrew Guyton, Brendan Giblin, 
and Tim Lang. -Coach Matt Hunt 


Girls Hockey: 

The girls varsity hockey team finished the season with an impressive 16-3-2 
overall record and finished fifth in the ISL with a record of 8 - 3 - 1 . Their hard 
work during the season enabled the girls to be seeded in first place for the 
Division II New England Tournament. Outstanding goaltending by sophomore 
Carley Berry and great team defense allowed opponents to score a total of only 
28 goals during the season. Seniors Torie Allen and Erin Reil anchored a young 
defensive corps that included sophomore Allison Barnaby and freshmen Lauren 
Whiting and Tara Karin. Up front, the Governors relied on a plethora of tal- 
ented forwards who generated 75 goals over the season. The team was led by the 
play of senior Kelsey Johnson and her linemates, Erin Connors and Brit 
McKenna. They accounted for 49 goals and 48 assists during the season and 
played outstanding hockey as a line over the past two seasons. They were sup- 
ported by senior Meredith Baker; juniors Rossli Chace, Kaitlin McCarthy, Erika 
Tortorici; and sophomores Janay Walsh and Alex McLain. Highlights of the sea- 
son included a first place finish in the Westminster Holiday Classic and impres- 
sive victories over Andover, Exeter and Brooks. -Coach Babe Ceglarski 

The varsity volleyball team enjoyed a successful rebuilding season 
this year, with 9 out of 13 players new to the team. Due in large 
part to the leadership of junior captains, Lizzie Guyton and Julia 
Mclnnis, the level of play increased dramatically for all players, and 
the matches became increasingly tighter over the course of the sea- 
son, with many very closely contested. The Govs ended their sea- 
son 3-1 1 with an impressive final game win over Pingree, which 
put the team in the hunt for post-season play. With only two grad- 
uating seniors, the team looks forward to becoming increasingly 
competitive in the coming season. The volleyball coaches and team- 
mates wish a fond farewell to our departing seniors, Ashley Hamel 
.iii'l Daisy Marline/. Coaches Jaime Parsons and Kali Wilson 

V) TheArchon * Spring 2005 

Boys Hockey: 

The boys varsity hockey team finished the year with an overall record of 14-11- 
2 and an ISL Keller Division record of 9-7, good for fourth place in the league. 
This marks the fifth consecutive winning season for the program, going 76-49-7 
over that stretch for a .602 winning percentage (48-29-3, .619 in the ISL). This 
year's success is thanks in large part to 11 seniors, three of whom (Benn Ferriero, 
Chris Genovese and Brian Morrissey) have been on the team since ninth grade. 
The other seniors are Matt Ahern, Nick Clark, Christian Colarusso, Bryan Dodge, 
Dan Galajdajon Holt, Kevin Kapstad and Chris MacPhee. 

Kapstad received the team MVP Award while Morrissey took home the Paul 
Wasson Memorial Award winner as this year's unsung hero. Both awards were 
chosen by a vote of the team. Ferriero, Kapstad, Genovese and Morrissey were 
selected for the ISL All-League team while Brian Day and Matt Lombardi earned 
All-League Honorable Mention recognition. 

Next year's captains, Mark Rinaldi, Matt Lombardi and Zach Samson, and all the 
returning players look forward to the challenge of continuing the program's recent 
winning ways.- Coach Peter Kravchuk 

Girls Basketball: 

The girls varsity basketball team endured a roller coaster season of excep- 
tional highs and lows. The level of play was very good when all of the cylin- 
ders were firing. The Governors finished a very challenging schedule at 11- 
11 and 8-4 in the tough ISL and just missed qualifying for the playoffs. The 
girls opened the season on a strong note with an upset win over Andover 
but then struggled with a difficult schedule with eight of the 1 1 losses com- 
ing at the hands of playoff teams. GDA was competitive in every contest and 
played very well in tough losses to Brooks, New Hampton and Nobles, 
three of the best teams in New England. 

Even though GDA fell short of its goal of qualifying for the play-offs, there 
were many great individual efforts. Freshman Katherine Goodwin estab- 
lished herself as a force to be reckoned with as she led the Governors in 
scoring, averaging 14-points per game, including a season high 21 in a big 
46-41 win over BB&N. Senior captain and team MVP Julie O'Shaughnessy 
averaged 8.8 points a game and was an invaluable playmaker and defender. 
O'Shaughnessy scored 19 of her season high 21-points as she led a frantic 
second half comeback against Nobles. An amazing half-court shot by 
O'Shaughnessy brought the Governors to within 59-58 but time expired 
on the comeback. However, the team went from a 16-point first half to a 
42-point second half. Not only did the girls outscore the opponent in the 
second half, but they also defended our goal well enough to hold Nobles to 
fewer points than they scored in the first half of play. Emilie Arthur emerged 
this season as a consistent low-post presence while Kristin Miller was a reli- 
able outside shooter. In addition to O'Shaughnessy, the Governors will also 
lose senior captain and three-point specialist Lindsey Hery, top free throw 
shooter Cassandra Duchard, and low-post threat Amanda Mello. 

The return of a healthy nucleus of well-prepared players next season is cer- 
tain to ensure strong results. -Coaches Isaiah Suggs and Erin O'Connell 

TheArchon a* Spring 2005 31 


Boys Basketball: 

The GDA varsity boys basketball team once again treated the 
fans to an exciting season of hard-fought basketball. Led by 
seniors Juan Carlos Graziano, Raul Cruz and Ramon Tejada, 
the team played an up-tempo style and battled their oppo- 
nents in every contest. Juniors Andrew Sillari and Nick Caro 
rounded out the starting five, contributing intensity, rebound- 
ing and outstanding three-point shooting. Caro and Tejada 
were the top two ISL three-point shooters at 60.0 percent and 
54.7 percent; Sillari led all ISL players in shooting 84.5 per- 
cent from the foul fine. The team provided a balanced scoring 
attack, with less than three points per game separating the five 
starters' per game scoring averages. Sillari and Graziano led the 
team in rebounding with 6 rpg, with Cruz and Caro very 
close behind at 5 rpg each. Cruz finished sixth in the ISL with 
3.7 assists per game. GDA got good contributions off the 
bench from seniors David Ward and Bobby Rudolph, while 
juniors James Lawrence. Keith Corbett. Jyovani Joubert, 
Garrett Schwartzbach and Matt Moore also played significant 
roles. Sophomore Hassan Sulley added intensity, good defense 
and key three-point shooting. The team sorely missed the 
contributions of Devin Gymrek who missed most of the sec- 
ond half of the season due to an ankle injury. 

The team finished the season with a 10-15 record, 7-8 in the 
ISL. Graziano was selected to the ISL All-League team and 
Tejada and Cruz earned honorable mention. - Coach Steve 

The Boston Globe announced in its 
Sunday, December 12 edition that Brian 
Morrissey '05 was named NEPSAC (New 
England Prep School Athletic Council) 
Football MVP in the Class B division. Brian ran 
for 1,762 yards last season and scored 26 touch- 
downs totaling 166 points. He is a three-time 
MVP of the team, a three-time All-ISL selec- 
tion, a two-time All-New England selection, 
and earned his first ISL MVP award this fall. 
Brian, Raul Cruz, Andrew Guyton, J.C. 
Graziano, Gardiner Parker, Chris Colarusso and 
Jyovani Joubert all were named NEPSAC All- 
Stars in the ISL (Independent School League). 

The Globe also announced that Keara 
Thomas '07 is the ISL's NEPSAC All- 
Scholastic MVP in Cross-Country Keara won 
her second consecutive ISL title last fall and also 
won the Division 2 New England title. In her 
two years at GDA, Keara has not been beaten. 
This is her second time as a NEPSAC All- 
Scholastic athlete. Keara and her teammates 
Caroline Turnbull and Ania Krzywicki were 
also named NEPSAC All-Stars. 

Also named NEPSAC All-Stars for the ISL 
were Andrew Huebner for Cross-Country; 
Kelsey Johnson and Torie Allen in Field 
Hockey; and Daisy Martinez, Mackenzie 
Pelletier and Julie O'Shaughnessy in Girls 

Daisy Martinez '05 was also selected for 
the Massachusetts All-State Soccer Team. She is 
one of only nine players from a field of over 
400 varsity soccer players from eastern 
Massachusetts to be chosen. 

32 TheArchon » Sprii 

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Marshall A. Brown, Class of 1929, died in 
late 2004. He was born in Ipswich, attended 
Boston University, worked as an insurance 
broker at F.A. Brown Insurance Company of 
Boston, and was a member of the Insurance 
Brokers Association, the Salem Country 
Club, the Ipswich Bay Yacht Club, and the 
Ascension Memorial Church of Ipswich. He 
enjoyed boating, fishing, hunting, golf, and 
carving shore birds and ship half models. 
Marshall is survived by his wife,Virginia, two 
daughters, five grandchildren and eight great 

Joseph Langmaid, Class of 1931, died in 
November 2004 in Boothbay Harbor. He 
worked in Salem, MA, in a third generation 
retail lumber business and was instrumental 
in establishing the town of Vail, CO. 
He is survived by his wife, Sabina, a son and 

Frederick S. McVeigh, Class of 1931, died 
on September 3, 2004 in Essex, CT. He 
earned his Bachelor's degree from Williams 
College and his Master's degree in French 
from Middlebury College. During World 
War II, he served as a Lieutenant in the Coast 
Guard in the Caribbean and the Pacific. 
From 1935 to 1978, he worked at Mount 
Hermon School as a French teacher, coach, 
dormitory master, and Director of 
Admissions. He retired to Madison and 
Essex, CT, where he was an active volunteer. 
Frederick was predeceased by his wife, 
Phyllis, and is survived by a son, a daughter, 
and four grandchildren. 

Sturgis White, Class of 1934, died recently. 
Sturgis was a graduate of Dartmouth 
College. He is survived by his wife. 

Guy H. Nichols, Class of 1941, died on 
October 1 , 2004 in Cincinnati. After gradu- 
ating from GDA, Guy attended Cornell 
University, where he played football and 
baseball, and graduated from the U.S. Marine 
Corps Officer Training Program in 1943. 
After serving in World War II, he graduated 
from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 
1947. After serving in Korea, he worked for 
General Electric on the Polaris missile pro- 
gram. He later worked for Magna 
Engineering in 1970 as a sales representative, 
retiring in 1991. He is survived by his wife 
, Christine, two daughters, six sons, and nine 

John L. Randall, Class of 1944, died on 
January 5, 2005 at his home in Annapolis, 
MD. After graduating from GDA, John 
served with a Parachute Combat Team in the 
Army during World War II in Italy, France 
and Germany, earning the Purple Heart, the 
French Croix de Guerre and the Belgian 
Croix de Guerre, as well as a Gold Star for 
jumping into Normandy. John was an insur- 
ance underwriter, owner of Arundel 
Concrete Products, and a regional salesman 
for Economy Forms Corp. He is survived by 
his wife, Alice, a son, two daughters, and 
three grandchildren. 

Alan P. Carpenter Sr., Class of 1946, of 
Sudbury, MA, died on November 15, 2004. 
A graduate of Brown University, Alan served 
as an officer in the US Navy during the 
Korean War, continuing as a Reserve Officer 
until 1973, retiring with the rank of 
Commander. Before his retirement in 1992, 
he worked for Parker Brothers & Co., 
Redstone Theatres of Salem, and Houghton 
Mifflin Publishing Company. He was an ac- 
tive volunteer for Sudbury Senior Citizens, 
F.I.S.H., Meals on Wheels and the American 
Cancer Society. Alan was predeceased by his 
wife Cynthia, and is survived by three sons 
and six grandchildren. 

Phillip E. Saxe, Class of 1947, died on 
October 14, 2004. A graduate of Harvard 
University, Phillip was retired from his career 
in custom footwear. A resident of Sudbury, 
MA, he is survived by his wife, Beverly, and 
three children. 

William Fletcher, Class of 1950, a resident 
of Osterville, MA, died on November 17, 
2004. After graduating from GDA, he 
earned a Bachelor's degree from Middlebury 
College and a Master's of Business 
Administration from University of Santa 
Clara. William was retired from Battle Green 
Stamp Company. He is survived by his wife, 
Alma, and two sons. 

Robert F. Smythe III, Class of 1952, died 
from cancer on January 10, 2005. At GDA, 
he was the football captain, class president, 
and held many other positions of leadership. 
A graduate of Boston Museum School and 
Lehigh University, Robert was the retired 
owner of Irreplaceables in Marblehead and a 
member of the GDA Alumni Council. He is 
survived by his wife, Peggy Clute, and two 

Lawrence W. Churchill III, Class of 1959, 
died on August 1 , 2004 of a massive heart 
seizure. A graduate of the University of 
Connecticut, he was creating and construct- 
ing a wireless internet service provider busi- 
ness in his home in Silver City, New Mexico 
at the time of his death. He had retired in 
2003 after serving for 20 years as administra- 
tor of the Southwest Christian Center camp- 
ground. Lawrence is survived by his wife, 

Eric Covner, Class of 1972, died on August 
23, 2004 in Boston. Eric was a graduate of 
Umass/Amherst. (His GDA friend, Thomas 
D. McDougall, wrote a loving tribute to 
Eric. To read it, please contact Thomas at 
thomadm@ncix. gov. ) 

Sara Davidson Garcia, Class of 1976, died 
of breast cancer on September 8, 2004 in 
Texas. A graduate of Pine Manor College, 
Sara was involved in various volunteer or- 
ganizations and was founder of Party Cloths, 
a party rental store. Sara is survived by her 
husband, J.P Garcia, a son and a daughter. 

Stacy Beth Budnick, Class of 1990, died 
on August 16, 2004 at her home in Denver, 
CO. A 1994 graduate of Union College, she 
was working on her Master's degree at Regis 
College in Denver. Stacy was a member of 
the Denver Women's Hockey League and 
played for the Left Hand Brewery team. She 
had worked in ad production and page lay- 
out for the Daily Planet newspaper. Stacy is 
survived by a brother. 

Faculty and Staff: 

Edna Finnegan, who worked as the assis- 
tant bookkeeper for 30 years and was known 
as "the voice of Governor Dummer 
Academy," died on December 24, 2004 at 
the age of 86. She is survived by three 
daughters, six grandchildren, and six great 
grandchildren. Edna was recognized in June 
2003 at the Emeritus Induction for her more 
than 25 years of service to GDA. 

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class notes 



Pre 1939 
Harold H.Audet '38 

511 Crocker Avenue 

Pacific Grove, CA 93950-3705 

(831) 373-5652 



Class of 1920- 15th 
Class of 1935- 10th 

Alan Bullwinkle reports: "Eighty-four 
on 15 February next — still singing in 
Church Choir and in a four-part singing 
group. Busy working on local history of two 
villages and my own family history. Enjoyed 
a week in Andalucia visiting Seville, Cordoba 
and Granada, day temperature 40c +." 

Stuart Barnard '33 sent me a long let- 
ter from Boylston, MA and included an 
Alumni Newsletter from Camp Winona. It 
reminded me that while we were in school 
that camp was operated by Phil Cobb of the 
GDA faculty. During the 30s, Buster 
Navins '31, Art Sager and Mac Murphy 
were counselors as well as being on the GDA 
faculty. The newsletter included a photo- 
graph of the 1931 camp baseball team, and a 
young Buster is in the back row as one of the 
coaches. The Winona report referred to 
Navins as Uncle Buster, and said that he 
made the team fun and a learning experi- 
ence. Stuart asked some questions about 
Phil Cobbs' career as a teacher and I could 
not answer them. I never had him as a mas- 
ter, but seem to remember that he taught 
math. I believe that he was killed in an au- 
tomobile accident in the spring of 1938. 
Can one of you give me additional data 
about Phil and his career at GDA and 

Stuart is now 90 and like the rest of us 
is on a continued diet of pills and shots. He 
and Alma have been married for 60 years, 
and keep their spirits high. 

John Wittlesey '33 is now 87 years 
old, and is still doing p;irt tune law practice 
in Chappaqua, NY. He reports that of Ins 

children one is also a lawyer. Of his two oth- 
er children, one is a doctor and the third is in 
real estate. 

John Davidson '36 spends part of the 
year in Stowe, Vermont, and goes skiing with 
some of the new style short, fat skis. He 
comments that they are more fun to use than 
the long heavy boards that were in style 
when we were in Byfield. 

Phyllis Hasting wrote from Amherst, 
MA and said that she and Don '36 spent 
Thanksgiving with their daughter-in-law, 
their three daughters and their families. She 
and Don have ten grandchildren, the oldest 
of whom is a student atVassar, and spending 
her junior year in Bologna, Italy. Their 
youngest grandchild is nine years old and is 
in Middle School. 

Mary and Art Jameson '31 are still liv- 
ing in the house they built in York Harbor, 
ME in 1964. They have a son and daughter 
who both live in Newburyport, MA. Thus 
Art is able to get to Byfield from time to 
time. . Unfortunately, he did not give me his 
impressions of the recent construction at 

For most of us, fife is one ache and pain 
with regular visits to the local hospital. 
Leave it to Charlie Somerby '37 to do the 
unusual. He missed the September hurri- 
cane with a visit to his daughter in Texas, and 
his home in Milton, Florida was unscathed 
by the storm. He was later admitted to the 
local hospital with a twisted intestine and 
surgery went 'well. While in the hospital he 
fell out of bed and broke his hip. This meant 
further surgery and a long rehabilitation. By 
the end of the year, all was going well, and he 
and Dori are looking forward to an un- 
eventful 2005. 

As you know, Marshall Clinard '32 is 
the author in our group. His book Corporate 
Crime that was published in 1980 is a stan- 
dard in that field. It will be republished this 
year by Transaction Books, and Marshall has 
written a 40-page forward that compares 
corporate crime of 35 years ago to that of 
today. In addition to the 1980 volume, he 
has published three other books in that field. 
They were researched with grants from the 
U.S. Department of Justice. Since his retire- 
ment from the faculty at the Univ. of 
Wisconsin, he has traveled extensively both 
as an independent traveler and as a student in 

Elder Hostel programs. 


Class of 1939 

Donald W. Stockwell 

39 Country Hill 

Brattleboro, VT 05301 

(802) 254-5504 

It was great to hear from Ed Koenig 
once again. He continues to be a racing en- 
thusiast and is a member of the Indy Racing 
League. He fives across the street from the 
Indianapolis Motor Speedway and is an Indy 
Old Timer and attends the 500 race annual- 
ly. He continues to arbitrate a few labor and 
management cases in middle America each 
year. He loves his Mazda 3 sports car with 
stick shift. As a side note, he claims to be a 
conservative Lutheran. 

Tom Tenney says everything goes well 
with him. However, he spent some time in 
Vermont. He apparently gets up early as he 
reports one morning it was -15 degrees. I'll 
bet he went right back to bed. As a native 
Vermonter, I don't feel so bad for him. That's 
normal for this time of year. After spending 
the holidays in Boston, I'm sure he didn't 
waste any time heading to his home in 

John Gannett reports he and Pat ar- 
rived in Florida to a mess at their home in 
Silver Springs. Apparently the electrical 
contacts in the oil furnace welded shut from 
power surges. The alarm system alerted the 
fire department which had to tear out a few 
ceiling panels in two rooms. Other than 
that, the Gannetts are well, happy and enjoy- 
ing the old life. 

Alice and I spent a weekend in October 
with Sue and Phil Simpson at their home 
in Winthrop, ME and then to their condo at 
Sugarbush. Their hospitality is second to 
none as we wined and dined at some of the 
finest places in that part of Maine. Phil plays 
the piano evenings at one of the four star 
restaurants. Too bad he can't sing! 

John Klotz, who is one of my faithful 
classmates, had the nerve to send me greet- 
ings from sunny South Florida on the day 
our temperature was minus 15 degrees with 
a foot of snow on the ground. 
Unfortunately he had to spend a few days in 
the Delray Beach hospital but has now re- 

34 TheArdwn • Sprin 

turned to his home in Bryn Mawr, PA where 
he quickly responded to medication. He is 
now planning to return to Florida where he 
will resume golf and tennis. Apparently he 
has been trying to reach his buddy Tom 
Tenney without much luck. He'll keep try- 
ing as he wants to challenge Tom who he 
thinks is avoiding him. 



Class of 1940 

William H. Torrey 

112 Fire Island Avenue 

Babylon, NY 11702-3902 

(631) 539-2301 

joytorrey@optonline. net 

65th Class Reunion 

June 10, 11, 12 2005 

Sanford Young is the 58th inductee to 
the Connecticut Golf Hall of Fame. Young 
was a president of the Connecticut State 
Golf Association, a driving force behind the 
creation of the Connecticut Golf 
Foundation, a long-serving committee 
member of the U.S. Golf Association, and a 
one-time scratch golfer who qualified for 
two U.S. Amateur Championships. He joins 
57 others in the 49-year-old Hall of Fame. 
Young, a retired oil company executive, now 
lives in North Carolina. 


Class of 1941 

R. Andrew Little 

146 Fincks Basin Road 

Little Falls, NY 13365-5019 

(315) 823-1662 

Lewis Harrower reports: "I am now in 
an assisted living home - I have lost most of 
my sight through Macular Degeneration, 
have Parkinson's Disease and Spinal Stenosis. 
Please forgive my writing as I can't see very 

j. P01 


Seward E. fomeroy 

29 Berwick Lane 

Worcester, MA 01602-1407 

(508) 752-7469 

We heard from three class members this 
time around, and each letter reveals a nice 
variety of activities and thoughts. Tom 
Fenn writes that he is "very busy! Have five 
children so far! Eight grandchildren! 
Children are in many parts of the world! All 
doing well! It rained most of yesterday, first 
we've had since May! Married 58 years! 
Never heard of Mr. Green or Mr. Knight!" 

Bob Harris writes from his corner of 
the world in Canada: "Made my 200 in 
bowling last week, probably the best I'll do 
this season. We voted for Kerry because we 
thought Bush's pursuit of oil a bit extrava- 
gant especially with the supposed quashing 
of WMDs. I would have felt better if his ex- 
cuse for the war had been solely in search of 
terrorists, especially in the wake of 9/11. If 
I could be convinced that oil was not an is- 
sue, I would say that Bush made a very bold 
move despite the loss of life. I will never be- 
lieve it is right also to change the political 
status of any other country by armed inva- 

Ted Stitt writes of his life in Florida in 
2004: "Other than a fall full of hurricanes 
and two weeks full of shelters.... with a full 
week without a full roof (it blew off! Red 
Cross did move us to another shelter the 
third night!), life is quiet in Florida, but ex- 
citing!! Sometimes!" 

The reference to Tom Fenn's response 
above to Mr. Knight and Mr. Green was the 
two names printed at the bottom of the let- 
ter to class members mailed last fall. Frankly, 
I never heard of them, either. I suspect most 
of our class may feel the same way. On the 
other hand, maybe someone in the class does 
know about them. Maybe (?) to be contin- 
ued. Finally, in reading this over, I was struck 
by the fact that there are 13 (count them) 
exclamation points in the three notes re- 
ceived for this issue. Think what Tom 
Mercer would have said about that. 

Class of 1943 

Benjamin B. Brewster 

88 Warren Avenue 

Plymouth, MA 02360-2428 

(508) 746-1306 


The news from the troops has been dis- 
appointing to say the least. I hope that the 
announcement that the powers are consider- 
ing a change in the name of your school 
might raise a few hackles or at least a few 
suggestions. Please keep it clean. It is com- 
forting to think that everything at Governor 
Dummer Academy is going so smoothly that 
the board has to work to come up with an 
unnecessary item to worry about. End of 
lesson. This is what happens to "Class 
Notes" when you people don't flood me 
with news. Best to you all. 


Class of 1944 

Steven K. Kaufman 

125 Wareham's Point 

Williamsburg, VA 23185-8910 

(757) 220-9013 

wareham / 2 5(cl),u>idou> 

Gordon Hoyt says that the highlights 
of his time at GDA include going with Tom 
Mercer to see Jose Vincent Ferrer playing 
Iago to Paul Robeson's Othello. And an 
evening Benny Goodman concert. Also he 
remembers snapping Moses Brown's three- 
year unbeaten streak in football. He says, 
"Sorry - no academic highlights." 

Jim Waugh says he would not be hap- 
py about seeing his most indelible memories 
in print as there are times when he thinks he 
behaved like a jackass. He has some happy 
memories of athletic achievements, but the 
best recollections center on Rem 
(Remington) Clark, his roommate for two 
years. Jim thinks Rem kept him in school. 
He remembers Rem as a "truly class act." He 
remembers while rooming with Rem his 
junior year, using the rugs on the floor of 
their third floor room in Common II for 

Homer Gibbs remembers chasing 
Miguel Ortega around the store down- 
stairs, slipping on the floor, smashing a glass 
pane in the door and severing a tendon to 

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class notes 

his little fingers! He says, "That was signifi- 
cant." A more recent significant event was 
when he became a grandfather for the first 
time at age 78+. 

Skipper Kingsley, my roomy senior 
year, writes that he is still refereeing soccer 
(38 games this year) and he is trying to keep 
his nine-acre property neat and beautiful. 
Skipper fives in western Virginia. 

Dick Haas called me from his winter 
home in Bradenton, Florida (he summers in 
his home in New Hampshire) to see if I 
knew anything about the proposed change 
in the name of the Academy. When he called, 
I did not. but Sandy Keyes at GDA sent me 
an Email of the letter Dan Morgan '67 sent 
to all alums. I wrote Dan an Email and said I 
did not like the idea. 

Some of the significant things I remem- 
ber about GDA are Tom Mercer at the end 
of senior year telling me he was disappoint- 
ed in my level of achievement considering 
my IQ (would that he had suggested at the 
beginning of senior year I could do better), 
tutoring George Christy in physics senior 
year, passing the Navy V- 12 test allowing me 
to go to Tufts in 1 944 as an apprentice sea- 
man, sitting at Buster Navins' '31 table in 
the dining room, headwaitering, dislocating 
my shoulder trying to play center in football, 
and on and on! 

I hope next time I write you some of 
the rest of you old birds will recollect and 
put on a postcard some of your harrowing or 
joyful experiences at what by then may no 
longer be called GDA. 


Class of 1945 

Richard A. Cousins 

71 Federal Street 

Newburyport, MA 01950 

(978) 462-4542 

60th Class Reunion 

June 10, 11, 12 2005 

Sue and Dave Barnard took some 
time from their real estate business this fall 

(2004) to cruise from Montreal to Boston on 
a Holland America foliage cruise. As always, 
they look forward to spending as much time 
as possible at their Naples, Maine home this 

Ed Haynes writes "To keep my mind 
from atrophying, I work at H&R Block dur- 
ing tax season and serve as a ranger at a local 
country club." 

Keith Johnson says, "Sorry about this 
but I can't find anything 'official' to notify 
the school regarding our Class Reunion — 
wouldn't miss it for the world. Elizabeth and 
I will see you all in June." 

Arch Kingsley is "planning a trip this 
summer on my 39-foot Krogen traveler up 
the Hudson - thru the Champlain Canal - 
north through Lake Champlain to the St. 
Lawrence — to Lake Ontario, then the Erie 
Canal back to Albany and then back to the 
Chesapeake." Arch, that sounds great. 

Paul Withington writes, "What's going 
on in my life? Well, I've mentioned in the 
past of growing more hair in my ears and my 
nostrils and less and less on my head, so that's 
not new. The only thing new is Dru (wife 
for 56 years) has learned how to talk and 
think out load at a level just below my hear- 
ing range which has led to conversations 
like, "Can you name the seven dwarfs?" 
Reply: "I didn't even plant summer squash." 


Class of 1946 

George E. Duffy, II 

14161 North Ageratum Way 

Tucson, AZ 85737 

(520) 825-4710 

George spoke to Miguel Ortega at 
Christmas and he sends best wishes to all. I 
know he would love to hear from some of 
you (Calk 70, #10-93, Bogota, Colombia). 
Warren Hill has been in touch and is busy 
and well. Lyndy Watkins had what he de- 
scribes as a "high tech" heart operation in an 
attempt to cure arterial filtration. He reports 
that he's doing well and receiving great TLC 
from Marilyn. He says he has finally retired 
from the boat business. Hope to have more 
next time. 

A painter and mixed-media artist, John 

Kimball's inventive work was the subject of 
an ongoing exhibition this winter at the 
University of New England's Westbrook 
College Campus in Portland. "John 
Kimball: Wit and Whim" was the title of the 
exhibition of works that "lovingly pokes and 
prods society's elite," according to a newspa- 
per account. John launched an advertising 
agency, Partridge Island Co., about the time 
Portsmouth began its revival. He represent- 
ed many of the Old Port businesses, and his 
company flourished as the Old Port came to 
life. He lives in Boothbay Harbor now. 


Class of 1947 

LTC Homer Ambrose, Jr. 

5601 Seminary Road, Apt. 2205N 

Falls Church, VA 22041 

(703) 379-8011 

hambrose@erols. com 

Jack Deering sent some college infor- 
mation on our beloved Class Secretary, 
Homer Ambrose. Homer had a lot to do 
withVMI's lacrosse team and also was instru- 
mental in helping his class honor deceased 
classmates with buying bricks for a sidewalk. 
Clearly Homer as we knew him at Governor 
Dummer Academy, a terrific guy, was well 
thought of by his classmates atVMI, too. 

Fred MacBurnie writes, "I'm still 
kicking. I do a lot of clamming for a hobby. 
Have a grandson playing hockey for Triton, 
and a granddaughter playing field hockey 
and softball out Amherst way. My wife and 
I enjoy dining out and spending time at 
Parker River Wildlife Refuge. I have a 
daughter teaching at Conway, MA. I see a 
few GDA games now and then. My wife re- 
tired from GDA kitchen where she made all 
the salads for 17 years." 

Herbert Hoffmann writes, "I am for- 
tunate to still be working full time as a 
Gestalt therapist. Ursula is preparing her an- 
nual spring exhibition of paintings and 
sculptures. The rest of the time we enjoy the 
views from our olive terraces at Podere Istine 
between Siena and Florence. We offer the 
rental of a fully equipped guesthouse on a 
weekly basis between May and October. E- 

Beverly Saxe advised me her husband 

36 TheAnhon • Spring 2005 

Phillip Saxe passed away in October. In our 
conversation, she said she was doing fine and 
also receiving strong support from the fami- 


I also talked with Jane Hartel, Chuck 
Hartel's widow, and she told me that all was 
well with her family. 

Norm Brown writes, "All quiet in 
these parts. Our Class Notes in the fall issue 
of The Archon had a photo of five guys sit- 
ting on a fence. However, I was cropped out 
from the far right, leaving only my knee vis- 
ible. Kate Pinkham (GDA Library) and I 

Fred MacBurnie '47 

were asking classmates and others if they 
could help identify all the boys. I was very 
disappointed to receive only two email re- 
sponses, and they were from (John) Ed 
Veasey, "Vease", second from left, and Bob 
Hill, extreme right in the printed photo, 
who gave us the one name we lacked, 
Laurence Barry at far left (deceased). Kate 
and I had hoped that other photos requiring 
some names could be placed in other Class 
Notes or a special section in future issues for 
identification ... sort of make a no-prize 
contest out of it, and help the school update 

its photo archives. I want to thank Kate for 
having the picture inserted in our '47 Class 
Notes, and Ed and Bob for their long mem- 
ories! " 

The Class of '47 sends best wishes and 
concern to our beloved classmate, Ray 

Had a call from Peter Sutton. He is 
still active with pets — having sold PAWS a 
while back. Great he is doing so well. 

Keep those cards and letters coming. 

Stay trim. 


Norm Brown '47 wants to know if you can identify anyone 

this photo. Norm is on 
the far right. 

Class of 1948 

Robert C. Hill 

143 Hickory Lane 

Naugatuck, CT 06770- 1 724 

(203) 758-2962 

What happened guys? Believe it or not 
I only received two (2) responses to my re- 
quest for information for this issue of The 
Archon. Now, that is not good! It not only 
looks bad for the Class of '48, it looks bad for 
me being your Class Secretary. Consider 
having your hands slapped, so let's not let this 
happen again... or you might be looking for 
a new Secretary. 

The two responses were the following: 

Bill Day says, "It's been a while since I 
visited GDA. I spent a career in the U.S. Air 
Force, all around the world. Am a widower, 
have five fine children, 13 grandchildren and 
one great grandchild. Life is great!" 

Ash Eames writes, "Hi Bob! Will be in 
Sarasota mid-January to May. That's about it, 
Bob, but 'Go Red Sox!'" I must say that 
your printing was much better, Ash. Thank 
you. I actually could read what you had to 
say. One of these days we will connect when 
we both are in Florida. 

I kind of prodded my good friend Bill 
Lindquist for some news and he said that he 
only suffered minor damage to his home on 
Sanibel Island, FL as a result of Hurricane 
Charlie. He apparently was lucky because 
his next-door neighbor suffered quite a bit 
of damage. Bill is one of those happy indi- 
viduals who has to pay a new $6.00 bridge 
toll every time he has to leave or wants to get 
back on the island. If it makes you feel bet- 
ter, Bill, the powers that be keep talking 

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about the possibility of putting a toll onto 
Fort Meyers Beach, too. That would not 
please me either. 

Richard Palais reports: "My wife and 
I have moved to the Univ. of California at 
Irvine where we have a new home in the 
campus faculty housing development and we 
wall both be teaching in the Math 

I am not sure when you will receive this 
issue ofThe Archon, but I do know that Pete 
Houston will already have celebrated his 
75th birthday. I received a nice note from his 
wife, Mannie, looking for notes of past histo- 
ry that I may have remembered while we 
were at GDA. I did send off a few stories, 
but anyway, Peter I trust you had memorable 
day... Happy Birthday again!!! 

I personally can say that I am feeling 
pretty well. Especially since having reached 
my 75th on March 7. Mary Cay (my wife) 
and I do a bit of traveling about to California 
to visit our daughter, my brother Dr. 
William Hill '42 in Maine, or son. Rob. 
Cmdr. USN, wherever he may be, and our 
home on Ft. Myers Beach, FL. While driv- 
ing back to CT from FL last spring we de- 
toured off 1-95 and headed up through the 
Skyline Drive in VA and PA. If the weather 
is good and you haven't done it you should. 
It's worth the trip. 

Now I want to address this business 
about giving me info for Class Notes. Here 
we are 57 years out of GDA and why you 
can't spend 5 or 10 minutes to drop me a 
line telling me what you have been up to is 
darn right baloney. You may not think what 
you are doing is important, but it could be to 
a classmate of yours. ..Please, please, don't let 
me down again. 

Best regards. Bob Hill, Class "48 
Secretarv - KIIYK 


Class of 1949 

Thomas R.M. Emery USN 

312 Rookwood Drive 

Charlottesville, VA 22903-4729 

(434) 9H -HI 63 


Manson Hall has shared with us his 
three feet of snow and other interesting 
events. "Alison and I were blocked for a few 
days with three feet of snow here on the 
Cape, but we were finally rescued by a front 
loader after being refused by the usual plow 
people who didn't want to risk their equip- 
ment. Our best news is that all six of our 
children, their spouses and eight grandchil- 
dren were able to be with us here m 
Chatham on Christmas Day and we have a 
wonderful picture of squirming children and 
tired adults to prove it. We did get to the 
Olympics and we were much impressed and 
educated in viewing the marvelous rums of 
ancient Greece. We were able to slip over to 
Ephesus in Turkey to wander the streets of 

Greetings "4'Jcrs. 

Pete Fitch '49 and his wife in 2004 

that once great cits'. Now we are looking 
forward to a trip to London to see six or sev- 
en plays with the Weston Playhouse in 
Vermont. Irv andTora Grossman put us in 
touch with this group and hopefully they 
will be joining us, if Irv can recover from his 
present illness. Meanwhile. I have been dis- 
turbed by the thought that we might have a 
change of name of our cherished alma 
mater. I have written all the trustees to 
protest. Hope you and Gale are surviving 
the sun and golf in historic Charlottesville. 
Cheers from a New England survivor." 

Leonard Johnson writes, "We have 

moved to Catonsville, Maryland. I found the 
move to be much more work than anticipat- 
ed but worthwhile. We now have a 1923 
brick Georgian Colonial with large trees and 
massive lawn. It is time to leave my hand 
mower and switch to a tractor. This 
November, besides the move, I was invited to 
Bergen, Norway to receive the Nansen Polar 
Bear award. This is a twenty-pound chunk 
of crystal with a polar bear standing on a 
piece of sea ice. Award is given by the 
Nansen Environmental Center, an affiliate of 
the University of Bergen, for past accom- 
plishments in Arctic science. I am still asso- 
ciated with the University of Alaska and have 
several active programs. All the best. 

Jake Brown has adroitly circumvented 
the snow problem with some sunny golf 
time at Vera Beach. Florida. He comment- 
ed. "What ever happened to golf on the 
Cape?" I hope we can gather some class- 
mates for a couple of foursomes this summer 
on the Cape. Finally the biggest GDA dis- 
appointment I have experienced is the 
Trustees' apparent intent to change the name 
of our 242-year venerable school, tradition 

Pete Fitch gives us an update. "I retired 
in 1993 after working as a counselor for 28 
years in the Quincy Public Schools." He in- 
cluded a picture taken last year in Maui on 
the occasion of their third anniversary cele- 


Class of 1950 

Alan EFlynnJr. 

1 Kathcnne Road 

Rehoboth,MA 02769-1938 

(508) 252-6482 

55th Class Reunion 

June 10, 11, 12 2005 

The year 2004 was an exciting one for 
sports fans in the GDA area. The Patriots 
won their second Super Bowl victory and 
began a record breaking string ot consecu- 

38 TheAnhon** Spring 2005 

Bob Dickerman '50 at Amherst alumni 
baseball game. 

tive wins, only to be upstaged by the Red 
Sox in their remarkable comeback versus the 
Yankees, and sweep of the Cardinals in the 
World's Series. 

2005 promises to be even more exciting 
since it includes our 55th (can you believe 
it?) reunion at the old school. Now we are 
still digging out from the blizzard of '05 and 
preparing for Super Bowl XXXIX. Soon 
we'll be gathering in Byfield to retell all 
those old stories, which get better every year. 
Don't miss it. 

Bob Comey continues to be a major 
contributor to the class. Pull out the year- 
book that he produced in 2000 for our 50th 
and consider the work that went into that 
project. Now he has responded to the re- 
quest that we locate lost classmates by track- 
ing some of them through a site called In addition to his efforts on 
behalf of the Class of '50, Bob finds time to 

send out a revised choking symbol, with a 
Yankee hat, news of Pedro's move to NY and 
to do some traveling. "Bob and Sallie 
Comey's travels in 2004 were limited to a 
wonderful 50th Reunion Weekend at 
Williams in June and the annual trek to 
Maine in August. An Alaskan venture is in 
the works for June, 2005 after, we hope, a 
trip to Byfield." 

From Bob Dickerman: "I looked for 
you at the Parade (three million people 
turned out in Boston to welcome the Red 
Sox home) while still bemoaning the fact 
that the Braves didn't make the Series, in 
which case there would have been no pa- 

Dave Esty is still enjoying life to the 
fullest in northern VT. "A wise man once 
said that a classical liberal arts education pre- 
vents an overestimation of the importance of 
current events." Dave sees himself as "young 
old guard" and a "perennial sophomore". I 
think he's speaking for all of us. In a second 
message, Dave wrote, "Greetings from heav- 
en. Going to our 55th doesn't seem possible, 
does it? Very proud to be prez of the Friends 
of Tuckerman group (including colorful 
business card). My left knee finally gave way 
and I'll get a replacement in the spring." 

Season's Greetings come from Denny 
Engs. During 2004, he writes, "I made four 
trips to Cape Cod to help take care of my 
mother. In August we celebrated her 100th 
birthday. I continue to serve with the San 
Bernardino Mountains Land Trust, local Fire 
Safe Council and Earth Save. I led many 
Sierra Club outings. In May I joined the 

Bob Cushman '50 in Maine, during the 
summer of 2004 

sore-butt group in MN for a bicycle ride 
over the Lake Woebegone and Central Lakes 
Trails." Denny talked of High Sierra back- 
packing trips in the Hoover Wilderness and 
John Muir Wilderness area. He has com- 
pleted 364 backpacking expeditions. Denny 
concluded with, "May your next year be bet- 
ter than your last." 

Jack Ives is much closer to the reality 
of world affairs. "Daughter Angela '93 was 
recently married to a young Navy lieu- 
tenant. I was spending a few months in 
Saudi Arabia tracking terrorist money flows. 
We're delighted to have son Drew back from 
an Army tour in Kuwait." 

George Tulloch says, "Spent Christmas 
with the older two kids in Boston and saw 
the Wyeth show in Manchester, NH, a real 

Emi and Alan Flynn '50 in Ixtapa, Mexico during March, 2004 

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Charlie Bowen '50 and family from left to right: Lucia, David, Amanda, and 
Lucia(5th grade) Cross; Bowen (7th grade), Morgan (1 1th grade), Clay (9th grade), 

Doug (freshman at UVA), Calvin Sr., Calvin Jr., 

treat for someone who likes representational 
art. Going with a Smith group to India for 
two weeks in February- and will be back 

Paul Samborksi '50, Potomac 

River, Alexandria, VA 2004. 

geared up for the 55th in June, probably will 
take that long to recover from all the walk- 
ing they make you do on these frolics." 

"I would give up all the perks of the 
Old Guard, and more, not to be qualified. 
But we can't get the clock back. So onward 
and hopefully eventually upward," says Dick 
Patton. "In September returned to 
Fairbanks, Alaska where I spent part of my 
early school years. Even found my old 
home. Visited Denali Park and cruised back 
from Seward to Vancouver. Alaska is still a 
frontier, not too different from the late '30s." 

Dick McCoy "went to London with 
the family for Christmas. Good time was 
had by all. Hope to get back to GDA for our 

"Mostly traveling to Colorado and 
North Carolina to see children and grand- 
children," says Mai Robertson. "Planning 
several trips this year, but haven't decided 
destinations yet. Hope to attend our 55th - 

Calvine and Charlie Bowen "took the 
whole family (12) to the Galapagos Islands 
for a week over Christinas break to celebrate 
our 50th wedding anniversary Weather was 
great, lots of hiking among birds, turtles, sea 
lions, etc. Snorkeling with lions and pen- 

guins. The grandchildren loved it. October 
we toured Greece, took a cruise through the 
Suez Canal, stopped to see pyramids, Valley 
of the Kings, Petra, etc. ending up in Dubai. 
November in Charleston, SC, my golf game 
did not improve. Off to Australia, then 
cruise to Thailand in January. Plan to be 
back for our 55th." All this news and a fam- 
ily picture in the Galapagos was on an early 
Valentine's Day card designed for family and 

Willy Nordwind's card just made it 
for this edition. "2004 was a great year. Had 
two new grandchildren, Elbe Nordwind of 
Washington, DC and Sivan Adler of Albany 
NY. Have been recovering from hip re- 
placement surgery." 

Tim Greene sent in this note: "After 
many years Paul Samborski sent me a note 
in response to my letter in January. He is liv- 
ing at 5055 Seminary Road, Apt. 1101, 
Alexandria, VA 22311-2016. Paul has estab- 
lished a business as a painter - Samborski 
Painters and Fine Arts. He was happy to 
hear from me and would very much like to 
hear from more GDA classmates. If he is 
able to attend our 55th Reunion, it would 
be a real treat to see and talk to Paul again. 
He was one of the most popular members of 
our class and it would be a chance to catch 
up on his whereabouts over the past several 
years. Debbie and I were invited to dinner at 
the home of Thekla and Willy Norwind 
while on a visit to Scottsdale, Arizona in ear- 
ly February. Willy was recovering from a hip 
operation so was not completely mobile yet. 
He and Thekla own a very nice condo in an 
area near to golf and tennis and have become 
accustomed to the warm sunny weather af- 
ter many years in Kalamazoo, Michigan. 
Willy said to pass along best wishes to Class 
of '50 and regretted not being able to attend 
our 55th in June." 

Emi and I had a busy 2004. In February 
we visited Australia, New Zealand, fantastic 
scenery, and Fiji. Celebration of our 40th 
wedding anniversary included a trip to 
Mexico on the Pacific Coast with kids and 
grandkids. May was my 50th at Wesleyan. In 
June the SENE branch of the great class of 
'50 had our Bowen reunion in Plymouth. 
We were with Emi's family in Vancouver and 
Victoria in July In October the Alan F. 
Flynn, Jr. Academic Center was dedicated at 

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Members of the class of 1950 on June 13, 2004 from left to right: Emi Flynn, Souther 
Barnes, Rick and Jean Greenwood, Dick and Judy McCoy, Charlie Bowen,Tim Greene, 

Calvine Bowen, Al Flynn, Fran Barnes. 

Rocky Hill School in East Greenwich, RI. 
We were in Peru in November at the mag- 
nificent Inca ruins at Machu Picchu. We 
look forward to seeing you all at GDA for 
our 55th. 

I've had regular contact with Dave 
Yesair. You've all voted to be at Dave's 
house on Friday, June 10 for dinner. Make a 
special effort to attend this one. 



Class of 1951 

Ted Barrows III 

41 Ridge Road 

Bristol, RI 02809 

(401) 254-1909 

Wes Muddle says he must be a glutton 
for punishment - still running the Marina 
and insurance agency and will be for anoth- 
er two or three years. He and Marge take 
time off for short trips - he prefers Corvette 
tours, but there are too few of them. 

Dave Pope reports that the Jazz Cruise 
with Yo and Ken Bistany and Babs and 
Chuck Hussey was "twice as good as any of 
us could have imagined." Dave and Woodie 
went to India by way of Dubai, meeting up 
with 10 others in New Delhi. They left on 
January 13, and returned on February 10. 
They got some early skiing at Bretton Woods 
in November and December. 

Dave Bullock is still semi-active in the 
investment counseling business and offers 

help to anyone in need — his email is He swims at the 
Sandwich High pool 2-3 times a week and 
joined the Falmouth Sports Center for in- 
door tennis and the exercise facility, "so as to 
avoid joining the 50 percent of the popula- 
tion that is obese." 

John Losch (Deacon) is "almost re- 
tired." He closed his clock restoration busi- 
ness in 1997 after running it for 46 years. 
Subsequently, he spent over a year as assis- 
tant-director of a school of clock and watch 
making with "the distinction of being their 
first geriatric employee." He became a 
trustee of the Willard House and Clock 
Museum, teaches master classes in horology, 
hopes to complete a book on hological 
restoration, "intended to be a collection of all 
I know on the subject and may be expected 
to be a short book." John enjoys good health 
"accomplished by avoiding all unnecessary 
exercise and taking a daily ration of Scotch 
Whiskey. Would be glad to show pictures of 
grandchildren to anyone who has occasion 
to visit Holliston, MA." 

Arnold George Zins is called Tom 
and, when asked why, he stated, "My older 
sister wanted a sister desperately so when I 
was born she decided to name me after the 
bain of her entire class, "Tom," and the name 
has stuck. 

Class or 1952 

Franklin E. Huntress. Jr. 

5 Independence Way Apt. C 

Marblehead, MA 01945-4659 

(781) 631-4785 

With sadness but amid such happy 
memories do I tell you all that Rib Smythe 
passed away due to cancer on January 10, 
2005. We shall remember him as our foot- 
ball captain, our Class President, and many 
other areas of leadership here at GDA; but 
above all as a good friend for all who enjoyed 
the pleasure of his company over the years. 

From your secretary: It has come to my 
attention that there is a "poet laureate" 
amongst us all who has gained a bit of noto- 
riety by winning the "Barrington" Limerick 
contest and who lives near Ted Barrows 
'51 - the only clues you are going to get — 
and his winning bit of doggerel goes like 










A bunch of us old dinosaurs enjoyed 
watching an excellent football season go un- 
defeated with one tie and our glorious 
leader, Sabu, leading us all in with appropri- 
ate cheers for old times. Included in this mix 
were Rib and Peggy Smythe, your scribe, 
Buddy Reid, Tim Greene '50, and assort- 
ed parents and friends who joined in the fun. 
Be sure NEVER to miss the luncheon buf- 
fet of Parents Weekend with viands fit for 
Henry VIII with calories/cholesterol includ- 

Glad to say that the Miltiebirds were 
shot down in varsity basketball with the 
same intensity of play as in the days of yore. 
I have yet to hear how the hockey team fared 
but shall read the Sunday papers to enjoy a 
clean sweep! I do mention the point that if 
you abide in the Boston area, do take in 
these events with us all. All are most enjoy- 
able, and GDA continues to do things well 
from sporting events to holiday parties! 

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Come and see for yourself. For Rib 
Smythe's eyes only: The Milton flag was not 
flying while we were there, much to Sabu's 
disappointment; and we are playing the 
Miltiebirds in football next year — at long 

Dave Powers is completely retired 
now, first from Colorado School of Mines, 
now from Grenzebach Glier & Associates. 
Active locally with Foothills Art Center, 
Golden Civic Foundation and Buffalo Bill 
Museum - enjoy what one should enjoy in 
Colorado - horseback riding and fly-fishing. 

Sabu reports: "Hi - the other day I was 
in a store and saw a DVD of Peyton Place. I 
brought it home and started to watch it. The 
opening scenes of New England brought 
back memories of where I had first seen the 
movie. It was San Francisco in '58. The 
people and I were real homesick when we 
saw those scenes. I looked at both of them. 
Like they had tears in their eyes. It was John 
Hyorth and Willie Angel, who became his 
wife. I miss them both. What a great mem- 
ory I have of the time in the East with them 
in '57 and '58." 

Dirk Owens reports: "I have moved to 
East Orleans on the Cape, and am (slowly) 
renovating an 1890s Victorian. My four 
grand tots all live in the San Francisco Bay 
area, and report that they have all gotten 

'sand in their shoes' 
from Wausset Beach. I 
have lots of room and 
would love a visit from 
anyone who would en- 
joy this wonderful life". 

Don Rice says, "I 
enjoy spending sum- 
mers on beautiful Lake 
Sunapee in NH with 
my wife Sherry. We feel 
truly blessed to have 
eight children and eight 
grandchildren. We share 
a lot of memories of 
fishing, boating in our 
'antique woody' and just 
hanging out at the lake. 
I also find time to play 
some golf. In late 
October we leave for 
South Carolina where 
we spend our winter 
months! (How about 
those Red Sox!)" 

Ed Carter is safely 
back in Arizona before 
the New England win- 
ter sets in. "Enjoyed the 
summer, kayaking along 
the Coast of Maine, vis- 

Don Rue '52 and his wife Slurry with Wmnic and Mille 

iting grandchildren 
and getting our fill of 
seafood (one of the 
few things lacking in 

Walter Lawson 
reports: "Our 50th 
Anniversary celebra- 
tion was a smashing 
success. One hun- 
dred seventy-five 
Lawsons and Dickeys 
converged from all 
over the globe to cel- 
ebrate with us in 
Northern Virginia - 
even great nieces and 
nephews. We hope 
2004 was a kind year 
for you and that 2005 
is even better." 

Barry Gately 

Joan and Walter Lawson '52 at their 50th 
wedding anniversary. 

reports: "After Frank Huntress called 
Sunday to say that Rib had turned for the 
worst, I called Peggy. Peggy, Rib and I had a 
special bond between us because of an or- 
ganization that we all belong to. Peggy and 
I spoke when she said, 'Why don't you speak 
to him; I will put the phone by his ear'. I 
told him I loved him and that he still was my 
captain. I then told him that I had been in- 
vited to the football banquet on Saturday 
night, January 15th. He whispered that I 
should say hi to Brian Morrissey '05 for 
him. I said I would. His last words to me 
were worrying about someone else. So typ- 
ical of his life. Always worried about other 
people and what they were doing. I shall 
miss him." 

The height of embarrassment was upon 
us when, at a certain restaurant to have lunch 
with the high officials there in Alumni 
Office, we found that Mr. Gateley's PRI- 
VATE table is no longer available - in fact - 

42 TheArchon - Spring 200 r , 

That maroon reminds me of that damn 
Harvard Crimson. Ha ha." 


Peter Bragdon and David Williams at Betty's Diner 
in North Hampton, N.H. 

they had never heard of the fellow! We ad- 
journed to the neighboring AGAWAM 
where the red carpet was rolled out and 
TABLE FEH was waiting - complete with 
creamy desserts! NUFF SED!!! 

Charlie Windisch says, "I have little to 
report about myself. Louise and I have been 
married since 1962. We have three children 
in VA, TX, and OR respectively, and seven 
grandchildren. All are attractive and seem 
above average. I did marine geophysical re- 
search at the Lamont Doherty Earth 
Observatory (Columbia University) for 21 
years, Gulf Research & Development Co. for 
three, and the University of Texas Institute 
for Geophysics for ten before escaping to 
Cambria (pop. 6000) CA, a coastal hamlet 
destined to slide north along the San Andreas 
fault and become an Alaska fishing commu- 
nity in another 200 million years. The 
scenery here is outstanding as elsewhere 
along the central CA coast. It's never too hot 
or cold. Of course the surfing is great 
though the water a bit chilly. The wine is 
great, too. Stop by for a glass on your way 
north to Hearst Castle, Big Sur and Carmel, 
or south to Santa Barbara and LA. 

Franco Derba writes, "My wife Anna 
retired last year from her job (she has been 
teaching History of Art and Drawing for 35 
years); my mother-in-law (97 years old) is 
also living with us. Anna is now helping out 
her brother in a small shop, and I have been 
baby-sitting my last nephew for the last three 
years (since I retired from my job) from 8 in 

the morning to 4 in the afternoon. Quite 
tiring indeed..." 

Guy Tudor reports: "Only a few trips 
this year (Panama C.Z., S.Texas). More sig- 
nificant is: have established a small non- 
profit foundation to publish Natural History 
books.... Biodiversity Books' first effort is 
Damselflies of the Northeast, by Ed Lam, an ex- 
cellent guide. Check it out on www.north- Next book planned is 
guide to Invasive Plants, by Peter Alden of 
Concord, MA. At 70 years (aren't we all), 
never look back to see what's gaining on 

Lastly, I had a swell phone call from a 
dear pal to us all. Robin Goodenough, 
who has generously given $100 to the 
Annual Fund in the name of our class. He 
wanted to be remembered to us all for olde 
times and happy memories. He does read 
our Class Notes and considers himself a 
member of the Class - so let Robin - let us 
know what you are up to!! 

Guy Tudor also wrote in to add his two 
cents to the discussion of the school's name. 
"Yeah, sure, I mumble the 'Dummer' part, 
too, whenever anyone asks - so what? Hell, 
it's a fine old New England name." He con- 
cluded, "Okay, nobody can stop them.. .they 
are going to do it. However, in my opinion, 
there are only two possible choices: 
Governor's Academy or Byfield Academy. 
Anything else will result in a total discon- 
nect." He added a P.S.: "Say, while they're at 
it, why not change the school's colors too? 

Class of 1953 

William C. Pinkham 

760 Meadow Circle 

Estes Park, CO 80517-8409 

(970) 586-0992 

sbpinkham @charter. net 

From Don Tracey: "Surviving the 
Maine winter. . . We have lived in our down- 
sized home for one year now. It has been like 
commissioning a new ship with a 'shake- 
down' cruise. After watching the oil deliv- 
eryman smile with each fill up last winter, I 
decided to have all attic insulation removed 
and correctly installed with an added layer 
too. Well, this year I am smiling. Designing 
and building a house today is not an easy 
task.... Or maybe it's our near-70 years in 
age that makes a pleasant and exciting task so 
tiring. But it's finished and we enjoy being 
near the ocean and are now able to sleep 
through the sounds of the foghorn. We had a 
nice trip to the Italian Island of Elba this fall 
and visited our family who lives in Como. I 
thought I had been bitten by one of those is- 
land spiders on my neck. Someone with a 
camera cell phone took a photo and trans- 
mitted it to their dermatologist in southern 
Italy. He phoned back and I was immediate- 
ly treated for shingles.... We know what 

caused them those Italians wanting many 

pounds of Maine lobster, and me wondering 
how I can get them way around the world 
with a LIVE delivery, begging for ice at 
every stop. From now on, Maine lobster is 
served in Maine. These are all things we 
never learned at Governor Dummer back in 

Word from another Mainer who just 
couldn't stay away... Marita and Mark 
Lowell sold their home in Tonopah, AZ in 
September, put everything they own into a 
20-foot trailer and drove to Maine via stops 
in Oklahoma and Kentucky, Massachusetts 
and New Hampshire where they saw rela- 
tives, and an assortment of grandkids, dogs 
and cats. They finally found and purchased a 
doublewide on four acres in Acton, ME. 
They're now going through renovations and 
settling in. They're delighted to be back in 
New England and close to their kids and 
three grandchildren. (As this is being writ- 

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ten, it's 12 degrees in Acton, ME and 70 de- 
grees in Tonopah.) They invite all to give 
them a call or stop by. You might want to 
wait until it warms up a bit. . . 

The Pinkhams are enjoying another 
fabulous winter in Estes. "While the storms 
rage in the east, we're basking in 50-60 de- 
gree temperatures with lots of snow in the 
peaks for excellent skiing and snowshoeing. 
I used to think New Year's resolutions were a 
waste of time, but this year Tuesdays are 
blocked out for skiing and Fridays for hikes 
and snowshoeing. After all... that's why 
we've moved here. Being a town trustee has 
proven more interesting than expected since 
one of our Board refuses to stand for the 
pledge until 'under God' is taken out of it. 
One of our other Board members instigated 
a recall, so there's been lots of national pub- 
licity and hate mail. It's obvious that there 
are significant differences in how we inter- 
pret patriotism and democracy " 

At the NEPSAC AD meeting in 
Worcester in November, Dick Marr was 
awarded one of the two "prestigious NEP- 
SAC awards given out annually. It is award- 
ed annually to the individual who has con- 
tributed significantly to New England 
Independent School Athletics and Physical 
Education through enthusiasm, dedication, 
leadership and vision." He was recognized 
for his work at Milton and Tabor. His name 
will now appear forever in the front of the 
NEPSAC directory. 


Class of 1954 

Ambassador Michael B. Smith 

1315 Merrie Ridge Road 

McLean, VA 22101-1826 

(703) 351-6940 

Bob Abbott writes that Leslie and he 
have escaped the winter climes of New 
England by traveling south to Vero Beach 
until June. Bob must be expecting a long 
winter. They are also journeying to Vail to 
see what snow looks like out there in 
February (in case Bob didn't know it, the 
snow there is just like the snow here - 
white.) Bob also says that while the hurri- 
canes of the past September in Florida did 
damage to many homes, the Abbotts 

suffered only the loss of a couple of shingles. 

John Raymer has telephoned and e- 
mailed your Class Secretary about his activi- 
ties as a member of the Archives Committee 
of GDA. He's doing a grand job, and we 
should all be grateful for the time he has 
spent on translating our Class Gift into a re- 

Haskell Rhett apparently is following 
in Bob Abbott's southern footsteps. Only 
Janet and Haskell are going further south - 
to Baja Mexico where they plan to watch 
gray whales, practice tee shots, and take dives 
(along with Janet's United Airlines Pension 
Plan, Haskell notes.) Janet and he also took 
a month's trip to Alaska, which, Haskell caus- 
tically comments, is like Maine on steroids. 

Your Class Secretary and family spent 
the Christmas and New Year's holidays on a 
Caribbean cruise where, despite my earlier 
promises of thinking of you all, I didn't give 
a moment's thought to that as I was sipping 
cool refreshments on the sunny decks. 

questions, please contact Jack Pallotta at 

201-825-0217 or 


Class of 1955 

George O. Gardner, III 

53 Woodbury Lane 

Acton, MA 01120-3912 

(978) 263-3052 

50th Class Reunion 

June 10, 11, 12 2005 

Pete Littlefield reports he plans to at- 
tend our 50th reunion. Bruce Macgowan 
says 2004 has not been a great year. He has 
been the target of an unwarranted suit. 
Unfortunately, he will not be able to attend 
our 50th reunion. Colin Curtis sent me a 
picture in his official robes from France 
where he is living temporarily. 

Jack Pallotta reports: "Have suc- 
cumbed to the winter snow and spending 
couple of months in Florida. Very much 
looking forward to our 50th and hope many 
will return." 

Plan to attend our 50th. If you have 


Class of 1956 

James Dean, III 

P.O. Box 186 

South Berwick, ME 03908-0186 

(207) 384-9184 

Richard Ananian would like to inform 
his classmates that his first grandchild, Gavin 
Alexander Ananian, was born on September 
25t. Richard and his wife can now experi- 
ence being grandparents. 

Bob Conklin is working just halftime. 
He still enjoys the business aspect of the job. 
He and his wife Janet took up painting a year 
ago and really enjoy it. They enjoyed eight 
weeks in Italy last summer in a rental Tuscan 

Jim Dean and wife Dianne entertained 
their children and grandchildren this 
Christmas south of Cancun, Mexico. Their 
son Bart is a college counselor at Regis in 
Denver. Daughter Penny is doing well in 
Seattle as a chiropractor. Jim is very active 
with the church and Habitat for Humanity. 
Dianne is a youth choral director in the 
Portsmouth, NH area. 

Tony Miller says for sure he will come 
to the '06 GDA Reunion. His and wife 
Susan's daughter was married last June. Last 
September, Tony had his second hip replace- 
ment. He is happy with the results. 

Joel Nichols and his wife visited St. 
Petersburg, Helsinki and Estonia in June. 
Joel then went to Clarksdale, Arizona to vis- 
it an army buddy. They hiked the Mogollon 
Rim Country in Arizona. His daughter lives 
and works in Medford, MA. They will have 
a family reunion in Arizona in March. 


Lyman A. Couscns III 

4 Goodhue Road 

Boscawcn, NH 03303-2500 

(603) 796-6446 

"Wink" Pescosolido is among the 
working classmates, continuing to farm some 
wonderful fruit in the lush fields of 

44 TheAnhon m Sprin 

California. Wife Lenora has retired, so for the 
first time in 40+ years. Wink is supporting 

Chuck Schroedel writes again about 
his restored Chevy Military vehicles. Chuck 
and Joanne live in Bedford, NY, near West 
Point and are the "official" escorts for the 
West Point Superintendent and visiting dig- 
nitaries. On your next visit to Borders or 
Barnes and Noble, look for (WEST POINT 
Same Place. . .Different Time and Quick Guide to 
West Point,) both authored by Mr. Schroedel 
and Ms. Clarke (Joanne). 

Your Secretary is not at all pleased with 
the changing of the school's name and has 
voiced his opinion with the powers that be. 
I suggest my classmates also do so, however 
way you may lean on this important issue. 


Class of 1958 

Ralph E. Ardiffjr. 

238 Conant Street 

Danvers, MA 01923-2528 

(978) 774-3336 

rardiff@ardiffblake. com 

There is not much news to report from 
the Class of 1958 this winter. I presume that 
retirement is consuming so much time and 
energy of my classmates that they do not 
have time to respond to my pleas for news. 

Jack Morse reported that he is still do- 
ing some consulting and flies to Europe sev- 
eral times each year. Jack reported that he 
feels less secure flying now that his favorite 
pilot, Harvey Hayden, has retired. Jack is 
also spending some time helping GDA with 
planned giving in order to increase GDA's 

Dr. Paul Clark responded from Reno, 
Nevada and reminisced about his time in 
Byfield almost 50 years ago: "As time rolls 
along, I have developed gratitude for my ed- 
ucation at GDA. I spin yarns to my four 
grandsons of the 'Wild East' in the 1950s. 
Raw-bone cold, mist, fog and salt marshes 
are somewhat difficult for boys of the high 
desert to understand." 

Jim Main is keeping busy as the 
President of Skal Club, which is an interna- 
tional association of traffic professionals. He 
and Claudette still travel extensively. 

Tom Grose and his wife, Missy, are 
grandparents for the first time. Daughter 

Vanessa produced a son, Oliver, in Singapore. 
Vanessa's twin sister, Signe, will be married in 
Christmas Cove, Maine this summer, so they 
will have two grandchildren producers 
thereafter. Their third daughter, Heather, is 
in London working in the consulting busi- 
ness, and their son, William, after traveling all 
around the world for over a year, is now in 
New York City creating ads for the web. 
Tom still works counseling large asset man- 
agers and hedge fund managers on market 
timing, as well as sectors and stocks. He has 
been gravitating more and more into asset 
management, which he does for some of the 
biggest hedge funds. Tom also reminisced 
about his GDA days, swimming in the Parker 
River, sweeping the hockey rink at 5:30 in 
the morning, eating too many apples from 
Dodge's Cider Stand in order to spend time 
at the infirmary to cure the resulting gas- 
trointestinal issues. Such happy memories. 

Nuff Withington failed to report, as he 
is still peddling stocks and nothing has 
changed in his life. 

Ginger Ardiff is still working at his law 
office, although he looks forward to a poten- 
tially reduced work schedule once he hits 
that "65" mark in September. He and his 
wife, Martha, spent three weeks in 
December in New Zealand where Ralph 
had the opportunity to be a guest at Mercy 
Hospital and partake of their cardiac servic- 
es with an emergency angioplasty. After only 
a few days, he was able to resume the tour 
and returned to Massachusetts a much 
healthier man and is even looking forward to 
a few upcoming ski trips. Ralph enjoys 
spending time with his three grandchildren 
and will become a grandfather once again in 
early summer when his daughter, Becky, is 
due to give birth to her first child. 

I assume that the members of the Class 
of 1958 have heard by now that the Trustees 
of GDA are considering a name change. The 
idea apparently is to remove "Dummer" 
from the name. I am not aware that a new 
name has yet been selected. If any classmates 
wish to weigh in on this issue, please email 
me your thoughts. I frankly see very little 
upside to a name change, but am trying to 
keep an open mind. 

It is hard to believe that in just three 
years, we will be returning to Governor 
Dummer Academy (or whatever its name is 
at that time) for our 50th Class Reunion. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Ralph E. Ardiffjr. 


Class of 1959 

Mirick Friend 

P.O. 540 

Mirror Lake, NH 03853-0540 

(603) 569-3212 

friendm @adelphia. net 

Denise, widow of Dana Atchley, 
writes that she has managed to produce two 
Digital Storytelling Festivals - one in 2003 
and one in 2004, both in Sedona. Those of 
you who attended our 40th will remember 
Dana's presentation of Next Exit , an excel- 
lent and enjoyable example of digital story- 
telling. Since the sponsoring college is hav- 
ing financial problems and likely won't be 
able to sponsor it this year, Denise is once 
again scrambling to find a way to make it 
work. We wish her well in this year's endeav- 

Mike "Mac" McLean says, "I will be 
retiring from Hormel Foods Corporation at 
the end of this month. (My e-mail will be I have had a 
wonderful career. Since we live in 
Minnesota, we had always planned on mov- 
ing to 'warm'. Last summer, our youngest 
son, Mark, who has lived abroad for 10 of the 
last 12 years, decided to repatriate himself. 
He ended up in Duluth! He is a wonderful 
guy whom we have missed; we plan on 
sticking around for a while and see how it 
goes. We will use Austin as a base of opera- 
tions. We are going to Arizona and Mexico 
this winter, and contemplating either Ireland 
or Egypt for the next trek abroad. We visit- 
ed Bob Anderson and his wife, Sal, last sum- 
mer and had a great time. We stay in touch; 
I enjoy the relationship a lot." 

Jim Foley informs us that things are re- 
ally quiet in Albion, Maine. On January 19, 
it was 15 below down by the barn. Aflac, his 
goose, is holding his own - he goes into his 
house on cold mornings. Jim is looking for- 
ward to spring so he can get back on his 
tractor and into the field to plow dirt. 

Walter Canon is still practicing as a 
general and thoracic surgeon and still flying 
gliders in competition. He is now restoring a 
55' wingspan antique glider in his garage. He 
and his wife Irene have four grandchildren. 
She is retiring this summer and he may soon 

Fred Huntress says he had a terrific 
time at our 45th last June. He and the other 

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classmates were all amazed at all the changes 
that have occurred over the years. He is hap- 
py in Meredith (NH), semi-retired and en- 
tertaining six grandchildren. He gives every- 
one his best. 

Bob Pouch has spent almost a year 
back in the military system doing homeland 
security work. He says he is very impressed 
with the young service people in the armed 
forces. Training, dedication, motivation - 
they are just terrific and he says regardless of 
ones politics, we should really be proud of 

As for me. I am writing this on 
February 11 following a Nor'easter that 
dumped 13 inches of snow in my yard yes- 
terday and last night and left me without 
power for 14 hours. My woodstove kept my 
home nice and warm. I am looking forward 
to snowshoeing on all this new stuff. Life in 
the North Country could not be any better. 
I know spring is out there somewhere. Best 
regards to all. 


Class of 1960 

John C. Elwell 

266 High Street 

Newburyport, .A 14 01950-3838 

(978) 4 62- 8 1 49 

johnehvelKa^verizon . net 

45th Class Reunion 

June 10, 11, 12 2005 

I did not receive many responses this 
time for the class notes. But, that may not be 
your, my fellow classmates, fault. Our 
youngest son moved to Springfield. 
Massachusetts and we had his mail trans- 
ferred to his new address. Unfortunately, 
much of my mail has been forwarded to his 
address and in the process we have lost a 
number of mailings. In fact, the Post Office 
also changed my mailing address on its 
National Change of Address service, which 
has resulted in many bills, my motor vehicle 
license address, my income tax information. 

and even Governor Durnmer mailings being 
sent to Springfield. It has been a nightmare, 
to say the least! And, did you ever try to get 
a bureaucracy like the National Postal 
Sendee to remedy a situation? Thus, if you 
sent me some information and it is not pub- 
lished in these notes, please accept my apolo- 
gies. And. would you please send it again 
next time so that the classmates can be up to 
date with happenings in your life? 

I did receive some very sad news since 
the last issue of The Archon . Our beloved 
classmate, Neil Morgan, passed away in 
Florida. His wife Betty wrote that he loved 
Governor Durnmer and was proud of his af- 
filiation with the school. I remember very 
well talking with Neil and Betty almost five 
years ago during our 40th reunion at 
Governor Durnmer Academy. He shared 
with me how pleased he was to be able to at- 
tend the reunion and renew old friendships. 
He clearly was proud of the years he had 
spent at Governor Durnmer Academy. I 
know you join me in extending our heartfelt 
sympathy to Neil's wife Betty and their fam- 
ily. He will be missed! 

Greg Myers, who is also in Florida. 
writes that having retired as an industrial 
ventilation engineer in 1990. he has been 
trying a number of part-time jobs including 
working at Busch Gardens along with main- 
taining their rental properties. Greg shares 
that his seven-year-old son. Bryce. is looking 
forward to skiing this year during his spring 
break. Joan and Greg would like to attend 
the reunion this year; however, they are re- 
modeling one of their homes. Greg never 
seems to amaze me with his mam- endeav- 
ors. He surely is staying young. 

Carl Youngman reports: "My wife 
Joan retired after 37 years of teaching. At her 
retirement party, the Asst. Supt. of Schools 
supremely feted her with his opening re- 
marks, 'Joan Youngman is the teacher in the 
City of Quincy all other teachers want their 
children to have.' In the meantime, we are 
busy preparing for our daughter Julie's wed- 

Several weeks ago, I, along with a group 
of friends, spent four days snowmobiling in 
Yellowstone, Wyoming, Montana, and Utah. 
We stayed in West Yellowstone and spent one 
day on snowmobiles in Yellowstone Park. 

Outside the park we went from the valleys to 
the mountains; the hill climbing that folks on 
snowmobiles do in that part of the country 
is awesome. The scenery and \iews are mag- 
nificent. Truly God's country! 

Also, yours truly attended a brief meet- 
ing with the Board ofTrustees yesterday over 
the proposed name change of Governor 
Durnmer Academy. If you don't already 
know. the Board of Trustees is proposing 
changing Governor Durnmer Academy's 
name by removing the word "Durnmer". 
There is no decision yet as to what the actu- 
al name might become, but "Governor's 
Academy" has been suggested by some. If 
you have any strong feelings, pro or con. 
about this issue. I encourage you to do one 
of the following: 

1 . Email me your thoughts or comments 
and. if you want. I will see that they are 
forwarded to Dan Morgan. Chairperson 
of the Board ofTrustees, and John 
Doggett, Headmaster. My email address is 

2. Email your comments to our own Jim 
Deveney who. as President of the 
Alumni Council, serves on the Board of 
Trustees. Jim's email address is tortathar- 

3. Go on fine and visit the Governor 
Durnmer website, 
there is a new website 
( protesting the pro- 
posed name change which will give you 
additional information. 

In any case, your voice should be heard 
now if you are to have input into this pro- 
posed change. 

And. finally. I encourage all my class- 
mates to attend our 45th reunion June 1 — 
12 at Governor Durnmer Academy. I would 
love to see everybody at this exciting event, 
[fyou need a place to stay, since we are now 
truly empty nesters. we have several bed- 
rooms which are available. Please don't be 
shy about staying with us in beautiful 
Newburyport. Stay healthy and remember 
the porch light is always on for you at 266 
High Street. 

46 Tk Archon ~ Sprii 


Tim John Hill 

255 Mabery Road 

Santa Monica, CA 90402-1205 

(310) 454-1658 

Thomas M. Mercer, Jr. 

5311 Edlen Drive 

Dallas, TX 75220-2101 

(214) 987-3090 

tmercer@cerescap. net 

Tim and I agreed to share Class 
Secretary responsibilities, so it's my turn. My 
plaintive report last time that I had been the 
only member of our class to attend our 40th 
reunion in 2001 drew an email response 
from Jack Brickson, who reported that he is 
"dividing time between northern Wisconsin 
and Florida. Seven grandchildren keep me 
busy when in the north and they all manage 
to visit me in Florida throughout the win- 
ter." If Jack has room, this would seem to be 
a good time for all of us to drop in for a few 

Stan Thomas reports that he continues 
to sell railroad ties. Since they are made of 
wood and subjected to great stress, perhaps 
this should be a good business, like selling ra- 
zor blades. 

Apparently my Class Letter caused some 
confusion. Peter Eaton emailed me to say 
that he "didn't know (he'd) fallen off the 
radar screen." He was particularly concerned 
that he'd disappeared, because he lives only 
ten minutes from the campus. He has been 
a full-time dealer in 18th century American 
antiques for 35 years. 35 years! That's hard 
to believe, because it seems only a short 
while ago that we watched him, squatting 
behind the plate, masked, padded, and 
gloved, signaling Terry Ellis to throw an- 
other one of his rainbows. 

Steve Sawyer wrote to bring us up to 
date on the classmates I mentioned in the 
letter. He related the following personal 
info: "Laura and I built a house in the 
Dillsburg area a couple of years ago — it bet- 
ter accommodates our lifestyle these days. 
My daughter, Julie, and her husband moved 
to this area about that time. It has worked 
out very nicely, as we get to visit with the 
grandchildren (Sarah, 1 1 , and Cassi, 9) on a 
regular basis. I have developed a business of 
trading equity derivatives in the financial 

markets in recent years. I enjoy it and it 
keeps me busy." Suave trading derivatives? I 
always thought he'd go into the tour busi- 
ness. At GDA he was so good at showing 
visitors the lights. 

To those of you who misunderstood my 
intent, listing those names in the letter was 
only a reminiscence. I did not mean to im- 
ply that they were missing. Finally Dick 
Snowdon wrote, "Still living in Washington. 
Trying to slow down my law practice but 
thus far failing. Second grandchild due next 
month. Coached my 13-year-old club 
lacrosse team to league best record. Heb 
would be proud." None of our classmates 
who checked in is contemplating a name 
change. Keep those cards and emails com- 


Class of 1962 

Thomas S. Tobey 

59 West Portola Avenue 

Los Altos, CA 94022-1209 

(650) 941-5060 

News, news, news!! It is that special 
time of the year again. It is the time when I 
settle down with my computer and sort out 
some random slips of paper and recollections 
of occasional contacts and calls sent to me by 
members of our class. What occurred this 
week instead was entirely different from the 
usual musings about interesting trips, new 
opportunities and an update on the latest 
grandchildren. As it says on the telly, first the 

Stan Healy has traded in his dog secu- 
rity business and moved into developing a 
franchise business called Batterie Plus +. 
Little did I know of the myriad uses from 
cell phones, snowmobiles to batteries for 
iPods and hearing aids. What did you say? 
This new venture will undoubtedly give 
new meaning to "Stan's The Man" in the 
battery world. Check it out. 

Whenever I go to a new area of the 
country I thumb through my various school 
and university addresses for people with 
whom I have had contact in the past. While 
Cy Hoover and I have spoken recently in 
anticipation of this trip, it was nice this time 
around not to have that edge that sometimes 
comes with making a fund raising call. This 
will be nothing but visiting an old friend. Cy 

and I worked closely on late night issues of 
The Governor in the basement of Peirce 

The recent announcement by Dan 
Morgan and the Board ofTrustees to change 
the name of our beloved school came as a 
shock to us all. I received no fewer than 15 
emails from our classmates with a near unan- 
imous reaction to this proposal as not for a 
change. Most of you had an immediately 
negative reaction. Tim McNally and Tarbs 
felt the issue needs more study. It is indeed 
hard to simply characterize all of the re- 
sponses. They range from anger and dismay 
to feeling totally left out of the proceedings. 
I had to chuckle to myself when our dear 
friend and classmate, Peter B, put it "simply" 
as it (name change proposal) was "presented 
with a virtual fait accompli despite your 
plaindoyer that the matter of keeping the 
school's present name is still open". Peter was 
always a step ahead in vocabulary. 

Tay Vaughan responded with, "We 
have morphed, we have lost our backbone, 
the core. Or the core has morphed into 
something unrecognizable while our atten- 
tion was elsewhere.... Without a backbone, 
the name (Governor Dummer) doesn't mat- 
ter...". Al "Peb" Rock commented that this 
issue was simply "pusillanimous", "tragic en- 
nui"?You are indeed living proof of the lega- 
cy of Mac Murphy and Tom Mercer! 

John Davagian weighed in with,"Cut 
my heart out! Change the name from 
Governor Dummer Academy! Is this a sen- 
ior prank! I cannot repeat my initial visceral 
reaction. It would be to shame everything 
that I was taught... by Ted Eames, Buster 
Navins '31, Mac Murphy and Tom Mercer 
and so many others. With all due respect, 
such a thought artfully attempts to skirt the 

Jim Odea, John Tarbell, Nick Strater, 
Gar Randall, Cy Hoover, Tim McNally 
and Colin Studds all weighed in. Just today 
was I anticipating a report from our class- 
mate and Trustee Steve Kasnet on what 
transpired at the Trustee meeting on the 
name change issue. My understanding is that 
we may need some time to "take stock". All 
of this may have been in haste and without 
proper introduction. However, a deadline 
approaches and I must get this to press. As 
usual I am going to close my comments with 
our most venerable, academic and articulate 
member, Peter B, with his comment to Steve 
on the overall process of the name change. 

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He said , "The Rubicon has 
been crossed, without ever 
notifying all the troops that 
they were marching." Thanks 
for putting it in perspective. 
Keep in touch. This process is 
at least good for the soul. Dan 
Morgan, Board President, has 
undoubtedly heard the pulse 
of the community and will be 
communicating to us all in 
the near future. May I en- 
courage you all to express 
your views on this issue via 
email to Headmaster Doggett 
and Dan Morgan. 

If you have not been 
alerted to Tom Driscoll's 
'78 website, you must; see 


Need Secretary 

Frank Gummey has 
been appointed City Attorney 
of New Smyrna Beach, FL. 

Bob Mann is in real es- 
tate in Southern Florida 
which continues to keep him 
solvent. He is looking for- 
ward to his 50th class re- 


Class of 1964 

Louis H. Higgins 

P.O. 268 

Lake Placid, NY 12946- 


(518) 523-9682 

Lee Potter reports that 
David Martin can be 
reached at Queen Square 
Chambers, 56 Queen Street. 
Bristol BS1 4PR. Does this 
mean he has left politics to re- 
sume his career as a barrister? 

Rick Menz has retired 

Collage by Jeff Kane'65 

from the paper industry after 37 years. He 
lives in South Alabama where his wife is 
Director of Religious Education for the 
Catholic Church. They have three children, 
two out of school and leading exciting lives 
(although Rick says not how. - Ed.), and one 
who is a freshman and wants to be a rock 
star, although Rick says he cannot carry a 
tune. (Since when is that an obstacle, Rick? 


Class of 1965 

Kenneth A. Linberg 

611 5 A Pasado Road 

Ma Vista, CA 93111-4901 

(805) 685-1868 

linberg@lifesci.ucsb. edu 

40th Class Reunion 

June 10, 11, 12 2005 

Inevitably planning for one's 40th 
Reunion invokes astonishment at the pas- 
sage of time. Fortieth already? Egads! Indeed, 
in sending his greetings to other classmates, 
Jay Allen acknowledges, "I'm pretty sure I 
don't want to think about the 40-year mark. 
But I guess we can celebrate malting it this 
far. If I could only get into that shot put pose 
again." No posing required, Jay, we'd just love 
to see you at the Reunion! 

Craig Johnson reports: "My son Eric is 
now a year-and-a-half old. Given my age, it 
is easily the equivalent of having a live-in 
grandson. Has he kept me young, or ad- 
vanced my aging? See for yourselves at 
Reunion '05." Now that's a challenge diffi- 
cult to refuse! 

Despite the brouhaha over the issue 
of GDA's 'name evolution', Carol and 
Charles Dunton are greatly anticipating at- 
tending the Reunion. Meanwhile they were 
avidly awaiting the birth of their first grand- 
child in February '05 as these notes were be- 
ing compiled. 

Speaking of 'evolution,' shortly after 
guest starring in episodes of Passions airing in 
mid-January, John Chandler Hill left Los 
Angeles and took up residence in North 

Stonington, CT where he recently closed es- 
crow on a historical Bed and Breakfast that 
he will be squiring there. More information 
to follow; stay tuned! We're hopeful that such 
proximity will enable his presence at the 

On a personal note, our lab has received 
four more years of funding from the 
National Eye Institute for our continuing 
research into the consequences of and 
therapies for retinal detachment. Amazing to 
think that of the 40 years since graduation, 
32 of them have been spent here in Santa 
Barbara doing fascinating research with close 
friends! How lucky can you get? I trust we'll 
collectively be lucky enough to lure you 
back to Byfield while you're still ambulatory. 
See you there! 


Class of 1966 

Michael J. Little 

82A Summer Street 

Waterville, ME 04901 

(207) 859-9925 


Class of 1961 

Bennett H. Beach 

1201 Denton Road 

Bethesda, MD 20814-2335 

(301) 951-9643 

Larry Miller has moved from the 
United Way of Delaware to the United Way 
of the National Capital Area in Washington, 
D.C. and vicinity. He is overseeing the offices 
in the Maryland suburbs. Larry is part of a 
team brought in to repair scandal-related 
damage and reverse the decline in contribu- 

Another former running back who has 
moved a little farther south is Wayne Noel. 
He left Vermont's Northeast Kingdom to re- 
turn to East Hampstead, N.H., where he had 
lived earlier, and he's working at a small 
woodworking shop in Merrimac, Mass. His 
daughter Stacey, now the proud owner of a 
Master's degree from UNH, is teaching in 
Enfield, N.H. 

Speaking of running backs, the Class of 
'67 had a mini-reunion in Hartford last 
November when the Govies and the 

Brunswick Bruins met for 
the Super Bowl of New 
England Private Schools. 
Chuck Davis's son Ty is a 
sophomore Bruin halfback, 
and the showdown lured 
Ray Huard, Charlie 
Murphy, and Bill Alfond. 
It was a thriller, won by 
Brunswick on FieldTurf 
installed by Ray's company. 

Alan Rothfeld's son 
William is an offensive 
lineman at Claremont 
McKenna College, while 
daughter Christine attends 
Occidental. Alan tried re- 
tiring but couldn't hack it, 
and he is now the medical 
director of an intensive 
care unit in Hollywood 
and is teaching at two universities. 

palmOne, once known as Palm, Inc., 
gave Web Pearce a sabbatical last year, and 
he, his wife, and their German Shepherds 
drove across the country from California to 
spend the time on Maine's Green Island. 

Native Mainer Jeff Wood organized 
major meetings in Austin and New Orleans 
last year but did not have much time to get 
out and enjoy either city. He's based in New 
York with the American Institute of 
Chemical Engineers. 

His American University sidekick, Wil 

Jay Marsh's '67 new Com-Pac 23 

Poon, wonders if this was his last season 
playing ice hockey. With the NHL on the 
skids, upward mobility is more limited these 
days. He and Monique, who had their 30th 
anniversary last year, have been to Hong 
Kong twice over the past six months and are 
ticketed for a family reunion in Sicily this 

Phil Finn's long quest to return to his 
native New Castle, N.H., is closer to its cli- 
max, and he and Jane are busy remodeling 
the family homestead. Phil says he never tires 
of tasting new wines, one of his day-to-day 

Jay ('67) amd Tommie Marsh are grandparents to twin girls born last May. 

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Reis Alfond, Bill Alfond '67, Joni Alfond, 

and StefF Noering (Reis' girlfriend) had 

a chance last fall to enjoy the World 

Series trophy won by the 

Red Sox. 

duties at Martignetti's Liquors. He'll be in 
Berkeley in May to see Philip graduate from 
the University of California. The big ques- 
tion is whether he'll get to Honolulu a year 
from now to see Richard collect his B.A. 
from the University of Hawaii. 

Jim Millett was in Key West in January 
for daughter Kate's wedding. He could not 
track down Jeff Forte but had fun anyway. 
Jim's two younger kids are about to finish 
college. He's living in Chapel Hill, N.C., 
working on a U.S. Department of Labor 
con tract. 

Another Waterville Wonder, Ray 
Huard. was in church himself marrying 
Paulajeanne Cavanaugh. It happened in 
Kcnnebunk Beach, Maine, where they now 
live. PJ had the good fortune to meet a num- 
ber of Ray's classmates in October during 
the Alfond Family honorary dinner. 

Officially, Barry Davidson still lives in 
Hampton,Virginia, but he doesn't seem to be 
there much. In recent months he's been to 
the Virgin Islands, Florida, Arizona, and New 
Hampshire, where his father now fives. Son 
Matt is a military intelligence officer in 
Germany, while daughter Ashley has taken a 
job with a Tallahassee architectural firm. 

Anne-Marie Laverty laments the de- 
cline in the relationship between Canada 
and the U.S. Anne-Marie is teaching English 
and history part-time at Langara College in 
Vancouver, where a rare three-inch snow- 
storm in January created chaos. 

Lew Rumford's second daughter, 
Grace, is about to finish high school. The 
oldest, Julia, is a Vanderbilt sophomore, and 
Will, 16, is going to be keeping his parents 
company for three more years. 

In February Anne and Mac Barnes 
were windsurfing and snorkeling in Hawaii. 
One of our other Jersey natives, Jim Nevius, 
was in St. Croix, but he was working. He is 
a Hess consultant on the transport of two 
400-ton, low-sulfur refinery process reactors 
from Japan, a project that will take about a 
year. Wife Angela teaches yoga, and their 
boys are avid lacrosse players. 

Stanley Greenberg's daughter Forest is 
spending three months in Thailand this 
spring teaching English to Buddhist monks. 

Bill Dougherty had successful fusion 
surgery on his back in December and then 
had the rare pleasure of having all four of his 
far-flung children around the Christmas tree 
in Penfield, N.Y., which is near Rochester. 
The kids live in Russia, Los Angeles, and 
Washington, DC. 

As hard as he tried, Gardner Sisk failed 
to see the benefits of the three feet of snow 
that landed along the Bay State coast during 
that January storm. He's making frequent 
trips to the new family house in Bonita 
Springs, Florida. His mattress company has 
three stores, with two more opening soon. 

Andy Creed's mission is to prevent 
poultry diseases and other non-indigenous 
diseases from entering this country through 
Logan International Airport. He has become 
involved in government employee union ac- 

Dave Marsh has enjoyed doing college 
searches with his three sons and is sad that 
the last one has now concluded. He had a 

nice visit at Gene Romero's house just be- 
fore Christmas. 

Bart and Paul Hemmerich are moving 
from college choices to marital choices. One 
of their three daughters, Adria, is marrying 
her college sweetheart in August. Lars appar- 
ently earned Paul's seal of approval last sum- 
mer after joining the family for the annual 
cross-New Hampshire bike ride to raise 
money for muscular dystrophy. Adria is at 
Syracuse earning a Master's degree in media 

The historic Red Sox victory prompted 
Rick Jensen to take a little trip down 
Memory Lane from his Oklahoma digs. He 
and his father usually sat near the Pesky Pole 
and saw Ted Williams play a number of 
times. They went to the AU-Star game in 
1961 but couldn't get there until the fifth in- 
ning because Rick had to pitch for his Little 
League Red Sox. 

Sid Bird has a soccer and skateboard- 
loving son so found himself reminiscing 
about GDA days: "We used our mail-order 
skateboards in Lang Gym during the 
evenings between smokes in the old locker 
room. We went around in a big circle trying 
to knock each other off like Roller Derby." 
Nowadays Sid plays racquetball instead and is 
ranked number one in New England in the 
50-54 age group. He says the next bracket is 

Don Gay's insurance business contin- 
ues to grow, and he's wishing he had made 
the move from Chrysler years ago. He sells 
individual and group health, accident, life 
and supplemental benefits. On the side, Don 
is refereeing basketball, lacrosse, and football. 


Class of 1968 

Daniel C. Look 

3287 Whitfield Drive 

Marietta, GA 30062-1285 

(770) 977-3135 
dcl@dm-resources. com 

As I write these notes, the Academy 
goes through the throes of seeking a new 
name. I do hope that the leadership of 
Governor DUMMER Academy resolves this 
issue intelligently. 

Deni Keeney writes he has been living 
and working in Israel for the last three-and- 

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a-half years, building a storage facility for 
Israeli tank rapid deployment. Deni says that 
things have quieted down since the Israeli 
Defense forces took out two Hamas leaders. 
Makes our issues seem a little tame. Deni 
hopes to conclude in 2005 and move on to 
another one. We of course wish them well 
and safe. His wife Alison of (almost) 26 years 
teaches and manages the domestic side of life 
in PA, which includes a horse and two dogs. 
Daughters Jenn (24) is a second year law stu- 
dent at Temple University and Christina (19) 
is a first-year at Bates College. 

Trux Hulbert sent me a letter reliving 
the food strike at GDA. I remember Mr. 
Navins walking in, closing the doors from 
the dining room, tasting the food and, as re- 
membered by Trux, declaring it edible. Trux 
was working in the kitchen at that point and 
stated that it was not. I have been in food- 
service for over 30 years. Pretty ironic. (The 
food, it should be not- 
ed, was pretty good at 
reunion). Trux has 
been eating better 
since then. 

I got great 
Christmas cards from 
Bill Degen and 
Bernie. Both are do- 
ing well. 

Harry Kangis 
writes, "Well, here I 
am in Ohio, a 'New 
England liberal' in a 
stormy sea of red 
states. On a happier 
note, enjoying the 
birth of twin grand- 
daughters Nov. 30 
just down the street - 
that makes five 
grandkids to spoil 
now. Small world that 

it is, while cleaning up my mother's estate, 
our Boston lawyer turned out to be a grade 
school classmate of mine, and his law partner 
turned out to be Jim Rudolph! We just got 
back from a month in southernmost Chile 
and Argentina and, with the exception of 
New Zealand, they qualify as the prettiest 
places we have ever been. Still consulting 
part-time, most recently with a friend's firm 
which helps new executives get off to a 
faster/better start in their jobs (see" 

My family is all well. Anne and I are en- 
joying the time with all and our grandson, 
Patrick. The guest room is still open. Keep in 

By the way, the Sox won the World 

That's all from Atlanta. We need more 


Class of 1969 

Jeffrey L. Gordon 

39 Mill Street 

Newport, RI 02840-0669 

(401) 849-5893 

jlgordon 1 

Congressman Jeb Bradley '71 shakes hands with 
Andrew Falender, executive Director of the Appalachian 

Mountain Club 

I had a note from Bill Strider who 
writes, "I lost my waitering job in the last 
hurricane when the restaurant was trashed, 
so I'm presently floating downstream curi- 
ous about what is around the next bend." 

An email from Jim Bayley notes that 
his son plays power forward for the Groton 
varsity b-ball team. At a recent game with 
GDA, he got 16 points and 12 rebounds as 
the Groton Zebras beat the Govs 58-41 for 
the first time in six years. He's off to Harvard 
next year. 

Joe Lilly writes that he wishes every- 
one well. He lives year round in 
Newburyport. One daughter lives in 
Stamford, CT, another lives in San Diego, 
and his son lives on Plum Island. Joe and his 
band, Duke and the Drivers (with Henry 
Eaton '70) still play on occasion. His band is 
on the web, in case you can't hear them in 

Steve Worthen reports: "Finally using 
GDA and college experience in local music 
and theatre! Finished great run in Kiss Me 
Kate as second thug! Will produce Annie Get 
Your Gun next year for Gloriana Opera Co. 
of Fort Bragg, CA. Active in Mendo 
Cinema Theatre Co. Tempest in '04 and in 
'05. Still singing even after bad car wreck 
last year - in the chorus with Symphony of 
the Redwoods for "Magnificent". 

Chris Barker says, "I look forward to 
bringing my wrestling team (Chapel Hill- 
Chauncey Hall School) to battle the 
Governors in Byfield on my birthday, 
February 11." 


Class of 1970 

J. Randall Whitney, III 

77 Coolidge Road 

Concord, MA 01142-3301 

(978) 369-0914 

35th Class Reunion 

June 10, 11, 12 2005 

Remember our 35th Reunion is on 
June 10, 11 and 12,2005. Hope to see many 
of you there. 



Class of 1971 

Mario Rivera, Jr. 

12264 N.W. 32nd Manor 

Sunrise, FL 33323-3004 

mrivera@gemaire. com 

Ellis Withington sends his regards. His 
wife is Jennifer and they have two children 
Henry (1) and Haley (7). He communicates 
with Peter Phippen who also has a one- 
year-old daughter. He occasionally sees 

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hockey to soccer. We are beginning to con- 
sider high school options for our oldest — 
how can that be?? 

Joy Sawyer-Mulligan, Laura Ames, Nathalie Ames '85 and Mike Mulligan '71 at 

the Thacher School in California. 

Andy Nelson and Bob Cole. 

First District Congressman Jeb Bradley 
received his patch for successfully hiking all 
48 4,000 foot peaks in New Hampshire. 
Bradley is the first member of Congress to 
achieve this honor and was welcomed into 
the Appalachian Mountain Club's White 
Mountain Four Thousand Footer Club for 
his efforts. 

Steve Connelly and Will Phippen 
sent a photograph (not included). Steve cap- 
tions the pictures, "Two amateur electricians 
returning from the hunt. Steve Connelly in 
front and Will Phippen in the back." 



Class of 1972 

Geoffrey A. Durham 

504 Roosevelt Drive 

Ubertyville, IL 60048-3120 

(847) 549-8407 

Class of 1973 

Edward C. Young 

15602 X 13th Avenue 

Phoenix, AZ 85023-4491 

(602) 504-0651 

eyoung@allsaints. org 



Class of 1974 

Pamela Jo McElroy Toner 

223 Riverside Drive 

Fairfield, CT 06824 

(203) 254-2371 

From Seth Kilgore: "We met up with 
Wheeler Gemmer '75 in Positano, Italy 
last year. It was great to see him, but a bit an- 
noying that he looks much younger than I. 
We adopted a dog from Puerto Rico — my 
first pet. My wife saw him on New England 
Cable News — he had lost a leg in a car acci- 
dent and he was looking for a home." Seth 
volunteers his time coordinating the South 
End Garden Tour in Boston. This project 
raises money for maintaining community 

Nat Bowditch checked in with news 
that he and his wife, Lynn, live in Kittery, 
Maine and they own the Portsmouth Harbor 
and Spa. Check them out at www.innat- 

Your scribe is still living in Fairfield, CT, 
with her husband raising their two daugh- 
ters, who are in seventh grade and fifth 
grade. We stay active playing tennis, sailing 
and skiing and cheering on multiple youth 
games from basketball to lacrosse to field 



Class of 1975 

Pamela D. Pandapas 

202 Central Street 

Rockland, MA 02370 

30th Class Reunion 

June 10, 11, 12 2005 

Maria Papaioanou Gray says hi to all. 
She is looking forward to resurfacing for our 
30th. Life in Portsmouth, New Hampshire is 
going well. She saw Steve Dunfey and 
caught up. So where are you, STEVE!!!??? 
She is staying busy at being an assistant prin- 
cipal. Her kids are not really kids anymore. 
Jack is 24 and producing cable news in 
Boston. Rose is 23 and working as a sub- 
stance abuse counselor in Manchester. Maria 
still fiddles and dances whenever time allows 
She loves to travel and hopes to teach in 
Greece one day. 

Lisa Johnson is looking forward to our 
reunion. Glad to finally hear from you, Lisa! 
She hopes all are well and healthy. 

Wendy Lougee O'Brian is also look- 
ing forward to June's festivities. She is now in 
nursing school in New Hampshire. "Only 
three more semesters to go. Been a stay-at- 
home mom for the last five years to teens 
Andrew, a sophomore at Brewster Academy 
in Wolfboro, and Alicia, an eighth grader in 
middle school." See you there. 

Peter Richardson wrote a quick note 
regarding the proposed name change He 
caught a glimpse of the story picked up by 
CNBC. The title of the piece... "Dum and 

Rob Kaplan also has regarded this mo- 
tion for a name change as silly. In fact, he has 
gone so far as to say he can't see how he'll 
solicit his classmates for donations when he 
doesn't believe this is a good idea. He asks, 
"Would you suggest that Dummerston, 

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Vermont (chartered on December 26,1753), 
also change its name?" 

Joel Narva also wrote telling me that 
he was recently listening to NPR and, lo and 
behold, there was this name change story. So 
even people in Oregon are talking about 

Stephanie Eames Farrar is also "out- 
raged" with this hot-button issue. She asks, 
rhetorically, if GDA was named after a very 
prominent man of his time. And, will a more 
'prestigious' name draw a better quality of 
students, or more students? She also fears 
that this is a problem much deeper than its 
name if we can't all be loyal to our alma 
mater's name and namesake. Her words are 
"outrageous proposal." Enough said. 

Dan Morris sent a brief note that he, 
also, wrote to Dan Morgan expressing his 
distaste for this proposal. 

Joy Sargent Pollock writes that she is 
in Hawaii raising tropical fruit, a harvest that, 
unfortunately, comes in June so she doubts 
she'll be joining us for our 30th. We will miss 
you, Joy. Her other news is that for 20 years 
she has been at work in Asia and the Near 
East with USAID with her husband and 
daughter. Besides the toils of farming, Joy is 
still consulting on international HIV/AIDS 
prevention programs. She is enjoying her 
tropical lifestyle and says any classmates visit- 
ing the Big Island's Hamakua Coast, should 
stop on by! By-the-by, in our miserable 
January cold, Joy writes that was at the time 
of her note a sunny, breezy 75 degrees. 

Vickie Bell Jones tells me she, too, is 
looking forward to the reunion. Her kids 
have left the nest, one having graduated from 
college and the other two in college. So 
things are a bit quiet. She is still teaching pre- 
school and is looking toward the next 
lacrosse season as assistant coach. Also, she is 
enjoying traveling with husband, Craig. See 
you in June,Vick. 

Sam Gilliland also wrote. He reports 
from Greenwich, Connecticut that follow- 
ing 17 months of renovation and much too 
much of restaurant fare, his wife, Beth, 
daughters Anne (11), Leigh (9), Charlotte 
(7), and Skipper the dog have ended their 
walk-out and moved back into their house. 
(Still conveniently located only blocks from 
Rich O'Leary's.) Sam's daughters are en- 
joying playing soccer, hockey, and lacrosse. 
They also swim and attend Greenwich 
Country Day School. Sam is still racing cars 
and boats, playing ice hockey. He says that 

anyone who wants to get in touch is wel- 
come to e-mail him at sam.gilliland@smith- or at 

Rich O'Leary says he went to Ireland 
last June with a bunch of GDA grads...his 
family. Brothers Ralf '69, Michael '70, Bill 
'73, and all the wives and kids, not to ignore 
Mom. Also, his son Tim's school, Brunswick, 
beat out GDA in football this past November 
in their season finale... talk about divided 
loyalties. ..but they are used to it. Tim 
likes the Red Sox and Rich likes 
the... Yikes.... Yankees! He'll see us in June. 

Greg Pope is still living happily in West 
Newbury with wife Elizabeth, son Keais 
(17), daughters Liza (14), and Charlotte (11). 
They are on the college-finding mission. But 
life is full and very busy. He is looking for- 
ward to June as he spent some time raising 
scholarship money and organizing the week- 
end's events. He is also the Chairman and 
Co-Founder of a local Foundation for the 
Arts (Pentucket Fine and Performing Arts 
Foundation) raising money and lobbying for 
better opportunities for students of the Arts. 
His wife is at Harvard studying landscape de- 
sign. And his kids are wonderfully moody in 
their teenage hormones. (His words, not 


Class of 1976 

Carol Ann Goldberg-Aydin 

301 East 94th Street, 24B 

New York, NY 10128-4722 

(212) 410-1781 

Well, my heartfelt appeal to classmates 
for news, which was borderline pathetic, got 
some of my darling friends to write me in 
the past month or so. I'm so grateful for the 
kind words you all sent to me and I thank 
you. Your letters truly cheered me up and 
gave me fuel to move enthusiastically toward 
our 30th reunion in the spring of 2006! 

The job of class secretary has had its ups 
and down, but this column is one I truly 
write with a heavy heart. I had a partner in 
crime who was going to plan the 30th re- 
union with me. Sadly, this isn't to be for her 
or me and it's so hard to understand. I'll ex- 

It is with profound sorrow and shock 
that I must tell you of the passing of our dear 
classmate, Sara Davidson Garcia. From 

one of our classmates and a lovely gentleman 
named Burke Watson at The Houston 
Chronicle, I've learned that Sara lost her 
short battle with breast cancer on September 
8, 2004. She was only 45 and was living at 
home in Houston. Her family was at her 
side. Sara was born in September 25, 1958 
in Lawrence, Massachusetts to L. John 
Davidson and the late Marita Lindahl Wood. 
Sara was a graduate of GDA and Pine Manor 
College. She was involved in various volun- 
teer organizations, where she visited area 
nursing homes and cancer facilities. Sara was 
the founder of "Party Cloths", a party rental 
store. I remember Sara once telling me that 
one of her biggest thrills of her life was or- 
ganizing an enormous dinner for the 
Governor of Texas in honor of Queen 
Elizabeth. "Imagine, Carol, the Queen ate 
off of my cloths!," Sara told me once. 

Sara leaves behind her husband, J.P 
Garcia; her father, L. John Davidson; her 
children, Andrew Garcia and Kate Garcia; 
her sisters, Mary Davidson Graham and hus- 
band Jim, and Jenny Barthodi; and her 
nephew, Christopher Newcomb. 

I last saw Sara at our 25th reunion. We 
chatted about our children, our careers and 
our life. She was going to spend that sum- 
mer with the children up north in New 
England and plan the rest of her life, as she 
had recently sold her business. What I re- 
member was having wonderful quality time 
alone with Sara that weekend, like old times 
at school. She was so kind to my daughter 
Becky. I now find that she reached out to 
many of her classmates that weekend, so it's 
all the more shocking for us who enjoyed 
her then that she has now left us behind. 
Sara was rather angry that the school didn't 
do more for organizing our reunion and I 
confessed that it seemed it's the class secre- 
tary's fault having not rallied the class to- 
gether. She didn't want to hear that confes- 
sion from me. Pure nonsense, she thought. It 
was her idea, you should all know, to think 
about having the class reunion a year earlier 
so we could meet with the class of 1975. 
Alas, we've made the decision to wait until 
our 30th year. I am sure Sara would have 
been perfectly cool with this. 

I hope you will all share your memories 
of Sara with me so we can laugh about the 
old good times. One of my favorite stories 
so far, is from Jill. She told me that Sara and 
Mary (Weldon) Karlin's parents were good 
friends, so the girls got together as very 

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young children. They both have memories 
of being dressed in smocking dresses, which 
were "picky" and itched them! Also I 
learned that Sara loved to spend time in 
Maine with her sister. I have a picture of 
Sara, who was most petite, with our class- 
mate Chip Caldwell, who is most tall. It's a 
series of shots I took in black and white, and 
I think it was either from 10th or 15th re- 
union. I just know that we must have been 
having a grand time with lots of laughs, as 
some of the shots are missing Chip's head 
and Sara is just beaming in the photo with 
that cat-that-ate-the-canary grin. 

All who knew and loved her will miss 
her. Now for the news of those who wrote 
to me recently . . . 

Dan Miller writes. "The triplets are 
now eight-and-a-half and doing great. Shylie 
is the karate expert, Ian, a hockey player and 
Talia. a ballerina. My wife Tamar runs the 
car service and the private zoo including 
three dogs, three hermit crabs, two fish, a 
guinea pig, an iguana and a turtle. I know 
I'm missing a few. I've decided in my next 
life to come back as an animal in my house. 
It's a good life. We've had a great last year. I 
joined Felcor Lodging Trust, a REIT that 
owns 150 hotels. I've been selling off the 
non-strategic hotels and hope to be back in 
a buying mode sometime next year. We took 
ski trips to Colorado and Utah and took the 
kids to Disney World for their July 4th birth- 
day Tamar just celebrated 2 years breast can- 
cer-free. If we can be a resource to help any 
of you through this challenge, don't think 
twice about contacting me. I welcome any- 
body to come visit Dallas, but you wouldn't 
come here unless forced to do so." 

Steve French writes, "Our youngest, 
George, is now in eighth and really wants to 
go to GDA! Middle son Will is a senior at 
Proctor Academy and in the college process. 
Daughter Emily is a sophomore at Union 
College and loving it. Deb and I are coming 
up on our 24th anniversary and still happy 
together. My lumber business has done nice- 
ly since I bought out my partners in '96. All 
in all I feel very fortunate, and lucky. Only 
complaint I have is the getting old part. I am 
planning to meet Tom Balf and Tom 
Meecham for a beer next Monday night. 
and I see Dave Higgins on a regular basis. I 
have also seen Eric O'Brien. Greg Pope. 

Nick Caldwell, Tom Adams and several 
other GDA grads within the last year or so. 
Hope all is well with you and that you get 
some other more interesting news than this." 

Lisa Palais writes, "Started my new job 
as a social worker in a nursing home in 
Cambridge." She is enjoying her work and 
living in Lowell with her husband Rick. 

Jill (Leach) Sarver writes, "I saw Mary 
Weldon Karlin this summer in her new 
home in Deerfield, N.H. We try to see each 
other when I visit my family in 
Kennebunkport every summer. I am going 
back to India for the second time since mov- 
ing back to the US. I will be attending a 
two-day wedding and going on an 11 -day 
tour of Northern India, plus visiting friends 
in Hyderabad, where I used to five." 

Andy SkafF writes, "Family- wise I have 
a daughter Sydney who is almost nine and a 
son Joel who is almost six. My wife Jayne 
works for a French paper and fine art com- 
pany called Canson. She does lots of travel- 
ing so I do a lot of kid watching and caring. 
I'm still in the screen-printing business with 
Bill in Seabrook; however, we moved off the 
beach and out of the retail business. We are 
now off Route 1 in Seabrook concentrating 
solely on the wholesale business in a new 
warehouse-type facility. Also, my father 
works bookkeeping for us. He and my 
mother are doing fine. I could go on and on 
about different happenings in my life but the 
main thing is we are all healthy and happy in 
Newburyport." (I saw Andy and his wife 
Jayne and Billy and his wife and all the chil- 
dren a few weekends ago in Haverhill, as well 
as their parents! What a treat.) 

Steve Allison writes, "Don't want the 
class secretary to be sad - here's an update on 
yours truly: Lots of changes in the last five 
years. After nearly 20 years with Lockheed 
Martin, I became a civil servant in 
September ot 2000, joining the U.S. 
Department of Education, Federal Student 
Aid. In December of that same year I mar- 
ried Jennifer Valentine. On September 26th, 
2003, our first child, Samuel Aidan Allison, 
was born. This past summer we bought a 
house in the small town of Damascus, MD 
(about 35 miles north of Washington, DC) 
and we recently found out that we are ex- 
pecting our second child in July 2005. Hope 
all is well with the rest of the 76ers and I 

look forward to seeing many 'old' classmates 
at the 30th reunion." I hope you and your 
family are enjoying this holiday season." 

Fouad "Leo" Kaabi writes, "I've been 
married for 13 years and we have two boys, 
Ryan and Cameron. I am the Director of 
Worldwide Operations for Bio-Rad." (So 
nice to hear from you, Leo!) 

Woody Benson writes, "Will finally 
respond to over 25 years of inquiries and let 
you know of my whereabouts. Well, first of 
all, it has been a long time since we graduat- 
ed and it seems we have the most apathetic 
class of ALL time. That does not really sur- 
prise me that much though." (Maybe, 
Woody, this is the turning over of a new leaf 
... let's hope so!) "It's also nice to see the 
school do so well. I am married for just over 
17 years now and my wife's name is Beth. 
We live in Newton and have two children, 
Jake (13) and Elise (12). We also have two 
dogs: Remy and Annie. Jake goes to Beaver 
Country Day school in Brookline and Elise 
goes to FA Day middle school in Newton. 
We also spend our summers on the Cape at 
New Seabury where we love to play golf and 
go boating to the islands. I am a venture 
capitalist with Prism Venture Partners in 
Boston. Previously, I was CEO of MCK 
Communications, which went public in 
1999; and before that I was an executive with 
Shiva Corporation and Lotus Development. 
And, before that I worked for Apple, but that 
was long long ago. I actually do plan on at- 
tending some event in the future, but have 
only been to one so far and I think that was 
the fifth reunion." 

Well, that's it for those I have heard from 
this time around. My brother rented a house 
in Hampton this summer and it turns out it 
was across the street from Nina (Chiara) 
and Neal McElroy's home! I've chatted 
with Nina and Neal and all is well with them 
in New York Cits* and with their son and 

As I write this column, we all have re- 
ceived notice from the President of the 
Board that the Trustees voted to change the 
name of Governor Dummer Academy and 
intended to vote on the new name in May. 
You've no doubt heard or read the three ar- 
ticles in the Boston Globe as well as other 
articles picked up by AP around the country. 
There has been much pressure from the 

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alumni to not make the change, so the board 
and the headmaster have agreed to discuss all 
options, including possibly keeping our 
name as it is. I can not be swayed to agree 
with the consultants and school leaders on 
this matter. It disturbs me greatly to wipe 
out the surname of our founder. I believe 
there are other methods to changing our 
marketing and advancement strategies beside 
altering our identity and "brand" recogni- 
tion, so to speak. I even contemplated quit- 
ting this position over this issue, but that 
surely would have angered Sara, so I'm SO 
NOT about to do that over this matter. I 
encourage all of you to write to the school 
with your opinions, either way, and let this 
major event in our school's history, which is 
oh so rich, be discussed to the point of ex- 

Please continue to write and call and 
email me. Come visit please when you are 
in New York City. 




Class of 1977 

Carolyn L. Nissi 

102 Haseltine Street 

Bradford, MA 01835 

(978) 372-0722 

Tracie Ackerman Fornaro writes, 
"Had a mini-reunion this summer with 
Vicki Papaioanou Murphy, Joe Pietrefesa 
and Phippen. We met at the infamous 
Hilltop Steakhouse since it's a throwback to 
the 70s! Great laughs catching up on life 
with our teenage children. Busy with the re- 
cruiting business in downtown Boston. Any 
hiring managers out there? Would love to 
hear from others." 

Peter Marshall sent his email.... It is Thanks, Peter! 

And Beth Kannan writes that all is well 
in Washington, DC. She lives in Chevy 
Chase, Maryland, with her husband, Jim 
Spiegelman, and her son Jack (9) and daugh- 
ter Elizabeth (5). She is still running her 
own interior design business specializing in 
historic homes. She says hello to all and 
hopes to make it back to GDA sometime 

All is well here in Bradford, though I 
had hoped to hear from more of you. I guess 

the hoopla over the name of the school took 
precedence, however, because I heard plenty 
about that! 

Email anytime with news, and it will be 
in the next issue. And remember, two more 
years and it will be our 30th reunion! 


Class of 1978 

Scott Pope 

P.O. Box 441 

Rye, NH 03870 

popehousing@aol. com 

(ed. note: The following note from Class 
Secretary Scott Pope was edited for length. Please 
email Scott at for his 
complete letter, including speeches by student 

Hello All, 

By the time you receive this Spring 
Archon, I am fearful our great school will be 
named something other than Governor 
Dummer Academy If this does come to 
fruition, then this will be my last article as 
your Class Secretary In addition to this deci- 
sion, I will no longer financially support the 
school. All my fund raising calls during re- 
union time will cease and I will no longer 
give my time and my energies to benefit the 
academy. It is honestly hard writing these 
words, but I cannot genuinely move forward 
with excitement and commitment if I no 
longer have those feelings inside. 

When the academy was in a huge capi- 
tal campaign after we graduated in '78, the 
Alumni and parents were valued. Archon ar- 
ticles after articles sang the praises of the par- 
ents and the Alumni who donated large fi- 
nancial gifts toward the campaign. One front 
cover of the Archon I remember, praised 
Alumni for placing GDA in their wills! A 
fundraiser at the Wentworth By The Sea last 
summer, coordinated by Bev Giblin, a GDA 
parent, and others, raised HUGE amounts of 
cash for GDA. I attended that evening and 
the Alumni and parents donated over 
$100,000! (And that number is low) 

Walking around the campus today, the 
academy is impressive. Its grandeur is due to 
the ceaseless Loyalty, volunteer time, and do- 
nated money from the Alumni, parents, stu- 
dents, and faculty; including people on the 

The board has demonstrated by their 
actions that our opinions and wishes do not 
matter; that our involvement, when it suits 
their purpose, is welcomed. Their decision to 
isolate the GDA community speaks volumes. 
I do not have faith in a board who deceives 
its Alumni and Parents. Sacrifices of time and 
money over so many critical years of growth 
for GDA have no residual value, as that cam- 
paign goal has been met and buildings have 
been erected. If the board truly valued the 
community as they profess they do, then 
their decisions and actions would have been 
completely different. 

My thanks to you all for your support 
and letters over the past 14 years. Take good 
care, Scott 


Class of 1979 

Troy A. Dagres 

6 Henderson Circle 

Newburyport, MA 01950-3406 

troy dagres @aol. com 

First and foremost, by the time you read 
this, you will have undoubtedly learned of 
the decision by the Headmaster and Trustees 
to change (or "refine" as was PC stated in 
statement from the school) the name of our 
beloved school. It has made national news. 
There has been an outpouring of sentiment 
from Alumni to retain the name that has 
been good enough for over two centuries. In 
fact, at a meeting at GDA on 2/4, over 200 
GDA loyalists showed up to voice their dis- 
approval. Although there were no public 
floggings. We do not at this time know what 
the final outcome will be, but at this point in 
time it seems to be a done deal. The powers 
that be have taken it upon themselves to see 
to it that we and future members of the 
GDA family will no longer have to endure 
the constant and demoralizing "Dummer" 
comments by outsiders. I know that I have 
been deeply emotionally scarred by these 
comments. Well, this topic could become a 
novel, so I'll stop there. 

As for what's up with our class. Thank 
you for coming to my rescue and providing 
me with information to write. My position 
will be secure for another year. I heard 
through the grapevine that Big Daddy 
Cruise almost came out of retirement to 
place me on double secret probation. 

Henry Rosen lives in downtown 

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Boston and practices commercial and real es- 
tate law at Choate, Hall & Stewart. Keep 
practicing and someday you'll be the 
"Iceman" of real estate law. He will be trav- 
eling to Vietnam and Cambodia and is tak- 
ing orders for mail order brides, hoping to 
get a volume discount. Henry, John 
Perlowski and myself laced up the sneakers 
and had a run at the kids in the Alumni bas- 
ketball game. We lost by 5 points, but the kids 
left with some bruises. H was an honorary 
draft pick and contributed quite well. We 
could have used Ronan. Next year we hope 
to sport an all 1979 starting five. So Derek, 
Jeff Hatfield and Williams, Cedric, Mark 
Winer, etc., come on down. 

Avery says all is well at the Funny 
Farm. His son Caleb has applied to GDA (or 
whatever it will be called). He bumped into 
Stori Stockwell before Christmas and she 
and her family are doing well. Aloha from 
Steve Perry, finishing up his 22nd year at 
Hawaii Prep. Still Athletic Director and wife 
Robyn and the 4 J's, Justin (7), Julia (5), 
Jenna (3) and Jordan (1), are doing great. 

Ian Fitch plans to climb Mt. 
Kilimanjaro. I hear it's easier coming back 
down. He proclaims "Illigitimi non car- 
borendum!" (Don't let the bastards get you 
down). Seems to apply aptly to the present 
situation at GDA. 

Tim Heffron asks us to pray for the 
troops, as both of his sons are stationed in 
Iraq. They hope to return in March. 

Lisa Law Kingsley and Laura Roome 
Hemrick, our North Carolina contingent, 
are doing fine. I'm not sure if they five in 
Winston or Salem. It's very confusing... oh 

Someone wrote and said he is still alive 
and this is his first postcard ever, but did not 
reveal his name on the card. The card is cur- 
rently at CSI: GDA for handwriting analysis. 

That's all for now. Please keep the cards 
and emails coming. 


ings on this matter, please speak up and make 
yourself heard. 

Class of 1980 

Lynne E. Durland 

114 West Road 

Londonderry, NH 03053-3141 

(603) 421-0940 

kb lfem 


25th Class Reunion 

June 10, 11, 12 2005 


Twenty-five years ago, we graduated 
from a school where we were well educated, 
taught values, lived, laughed, cried and 
worked very hard on the athletic field and in 
the classrooms. I came to the campus late in 
my education. I joined the rest of you in our 
junior year, and still feel that I am part of the 

I walked onto a campus where, like the 
old television series Cheers, everyone knew 
my name. I didn't know everyone well, but 
if asked where a certain person might be, I at 
least knew whom they were talking about. 
What I am talking about has nothing to do 
with the name on the door of the school. 
What I am talking about has everything to 
do with the spirit and attitude of the people 
contained within that school. Those people, 
faculty, staff and students were less concerned 
with the name on the door than with the 
quality of the life on campus. 

The trustees in a very misguided deci- 
sion have chosen to change the name of the 
school. I don't have all the details. I person- 
ally am not happy about how the news came 
out, but we as a class have two avenues to let 
the Board of Trustees know how we feel 
about this decision. The first being letters 
and emails to Marty Doggett and the Board 
of Trustees. The second is your wallets and 
checkbooks. We as a class have an opportu- 
nity with our reunion to show our support 
for the school and raise money to donate or 
we can come to campus and have a great 
tunc, see old friends and not donate. 

It is your choice. Whatever your feel- 

Class of 1981 

Jennifer G. Steward 

115 Main Street 

Boxford,MA 01921-1118 

(978) 352-7694 

jgsteward@comcast. net 

This cycle of notes for the Archon was 
the busiest of my tenure as class secretary, 
though unfortunately, not for the best of rea- 
sons. Following the Trustees' announcement 
of their intention to change the name of our 
alma mater to something more palpable to 
applicants outside of New England, I re- 
ceived a record number of emails. Classmates 
wrote in from far and wide to voice their 
concerns. As of this writing, the powerful 
negative response from students, faculty, par- 
ents and alumni has prompted the Trustee's 
to slow the process down, though they con- 
tinue to assert their belief that a name 
change is in the best interest of the school. I 
remain very hopeful that in the face of so 
many reasoned, thoughtful, and heartfelt ar- 
guments in favor of retaining the Governor 
Dummer name, that the Trustees will honor 
the Academy's 242-year history and proud 
community and allow the school to remain 
Governor Dummer Academy. If you have 
any questions regarding this issue, or would 
like to voice your opinion, I encourage you 
to contact Dan Morgan at 

MorganGDA@morganco. com. 

Prior to the Trustees' announcement, I 
did receive other news from classmates. Let 
me share it with you. 

Eric Adell sent a quick note letting us 
know that, "All is well, we're staying very 
busy. Both girls are playing Travel Basketball 
so we are on the go six days a week. Best 
way to reach me is by email, EPA62@ya-" 

Dave Brown emailed from Oregon, 
"Caty is doing well with the boys. My old- 
est Coleman, 12, knows what is going on 
with girls etc. but is not that forward about 
pursuing... My youngest Pete, on the other 
hand, is a clone of me and I know we will 
have our hands full in a few years. The 
testosterone issue is, for now, manageable, 

Archon -~ Spring 2005 

news! "We welcomed Patrick Brendan 
Reilly to our tribe on November 1, 2004, 
and he is a well behaved lad so far. For the 
record, that makes four - Colin (5); 

Keller Laros '81 with children, Alexander, Janelle, 
and Russell, wife Wendy, and The Little Mermaid at Disney. 

they get their aggression out with sports and 
video games etc... Give my best to Kath. 
Hope she is doing well. She has a baby right? 
How is motherhood treating her? Any sleep 
yet? Caty and I were jealous of Mike and 
Diane. Apparently their babies actually sleep 
through the night. We had two colicky 
kids. ..and it was rough for a while. Best to 
all, keep in touch..." 

Let me give a quick answer on 
Kathryn's behalf to some of Dave's questions. 
Daughter Elizabeth is adorable! She reminds 
me a lot of my Abby. Chatty and fun, and no 
bias here, so bright! :-) Kath and her husband 
Jim recently relocated back to the Boston 
area, and we are hopeful that we'll be seeing 
a lot of them once they've had a chance to 
get settled. 

I was really pleased to receive an email 
from Sue (Desautel) Cordina. Having 
been out of touch for quite some time, she 
contacted me in the hopes of catching up 
with Karla, Kitty, Nick and Kim. I hope the 
numbers and addresses I had worked out, 
Sue, and that you were able to reconnect. For 
The Archon, Sue sent the following update. 
"Never having been good about staying in 
touch, I feel obliged to sum up 25 years in a 
class note that I know will be edited down 
to a reasonable size. Here's to brevity! I have 
two little boys, Nicolas (7) and Jean-Philippe 
(9). They both attend the French American 
School of RI. I had been working as a soft- 
ware engineer at CVS headquarters, but 

when they reorganized their Information 
Systems a year ago December, I made a ca- 
reer change. I now work in the development 
office of Moses Brown School in 
Providence. Big switch from corporate 
America to a small non-profit. I have en- 
rolled in the advertising design program at 
RISD so I can stay on the technical side of 
the development office where my focus is 
public relations and alumni relations. This 
will be the fifth year that my boys will sum- 
mer with their French grandmother, Mamie 
Jeannette, in Auvergne, leaving me with my 
usual ambitious summer projects. I have a 
new partner rounding out my happy exis- 
tence in the Ocean State. If you're in the 
Providence area, please feel free to look me 
up. Big hello to Karla, Kim, Kitty, Nick & 
the Abusamras. Email me at susancordi- Attached is a picture of 
me with my little skateboarders." 

Clarissa Dane Hughes sent a quick 
note from her home in Florida. "Cady will 
be two in March and we are thoroughly lov- 
ing parenthood. No other babies.... yet. Sad 
to see Kathryn,Jim and Elizabeth Shilale go, 
but know it is a happy return for them to 
Massachusetts. My parents just bought a 
house in Ipswich, so I'll be there to visit 
much more! I guess it's hurricanes vs. 
snow storms- wishing you all warm fires and 
good skiing! Be in touch! Cdane@tam-" 

Mike Reilly checked in with baby 

Nicolas, Susan "Maman" '81, 
and Jean-Phillipe Cordina 

Christopher (4); Erin (2); and now Patrick. 
Diane and I have parenting down to a sci- 
ence. Do you think bathing is necessary 
every week? At any rate, time flies like our 
parents said it would. Looking forward to the 
25th. Keep in touch. Go Pats!" 

Speaking of our 25th... it will be here 
before we know it. We are hoping to begin 
planning for the celebration this spring. If 
you'd like to help out or share ideas, drop me 
a note or give a call to the Development 
Office. And hopefully, when we return in 
'06, GDA will still be just that, Governor 
Dummer Academy! Best to all, and thanks 
for being in touch. 


Class of 1982 

Nancy Lord Wickwire 

33 Caron Road 

Bedford, NH 03 U0- 6201 

(603) 472-8993 

anwick@comcast. net 

Demetri Vlahoulis writes, "I've been 
married to my beautiful wife Patricia for 
over a year. We had a culturally rich 
Greek/Columbian wedding. We're living in 
Encinitas, CA and practicing law. The next 
step is kids. My brother, Christos '84 lives 
down the street so we've been having a great 
time surfing San Diego and snowboarding in 
the Sierras. Happy and Healthy, what more 
can you ask for? " 

John Nye writes, "Gordon Shalek 
and I traded emails and phone messages re- 
cently. We never did make contact though! 
Work and Family consume my time. Our 

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new auction company is thriving. 
Occasionally we set new work records for 
artists. If anybody's in the market for paint- 
ings, furniture, silver, etc. they should check 
out our site: I'd 
love to hear from one and all." 

Jane (Boisvert) Burns writes. "I don't 
know if 1*11 make your class notes deadline or 
not. Baby Boy Burns is due on February 5. 
but I'm hoping for sooner (of course). If 
two snowstorms and a full moon didn't put 
me into labor, then chances are that nothing 
will and I'll still be pregnant next year this 
rime. I'll keep you posted . . ." (No news 
yet as I post these notes on Feb. 6 . . .) 

Robert Low writes that he has talked 
recendy to John "Leary Bird" and to Bill 
Dee. and saw Andre LaFleur '83 at a prep 
basketball game. Personal news? "I'm en- 
gaged to Stacey Westley graduate student at 
Harvard Education School. We're getting 
married this summer." 

Brandon Clark writes. "Hi Nance! 
Still doing the acting thing out here in L.A. 
Got a small part on an episode of Medium. 
the new show on NBC (Yay!) My GM add 
will officially NOT be shown during Super 
Bowl (BOO!). And I'm still busting my ass 
doing plays for our theater company. Check 
out our site: (Ed. 
note: Brandon doesn't know when his 
episode of Medium will air, but it's the one 
with Chad Lowe as a guest star.) Thanks for 
putting our wedding announcement in the 
last Archon, but you mistakenly called it a 
"civil union.' It is not. Drew and I were 
MARRIED on May 20 in Boston with the 
church and the license and flowers and 
everything. We even had to get a blood test. 
Why? I guess to prove to Mitt Romney that 
we are human. The picture (not included) is 
one we took after the ceremony in the 
Public Gardens. Peace to you all." 

News from Augusta Henley: "First of 
all. thanks to Nance for keeping us all well 
connected. My oldest daughter. Savannah. 
age 13, grade seven, is enjoying being on a 
championship cheerleading squad and also 
loves her dance and especially spending 
quality time with her little sis Ashleigh (3) 
who. by the way. is equally talented when it 
comes to dance. Ashleigh is in pre-kinder- 
garten. A huge celebration taking place in 
the Cheshire home this coming M.irc h will 

be Ashleigh 's fourth birthday, which is a huge 
milestone and me the mom will be pulling 
out all the stops with family and friends - 
balloons galore and, of course, her favorite 
cake. Young Ashleigh is a bright and inquis- 
itive girl who wants to conquer the world 
with me-just-like-her older sis. They are my 
pride and joy. We are still living in our spec- 
tacular home in Byfield. Ma. I would love to 
hear from Jenny Hayes and Jill Demeri. 
also Hello to Sloan. On a sad personal note 
I wish to acknowledge the passing of moth- 
er last January 2004. Wife of Michael 
Moonves, she will be missed by the GDA 
community-, especially by me, her daughter 
Gus, and her grandchildren, Savannah and 
Ashleigh. She was a class act. She radiated 
kindness. GDA was a better, richer place 
with her and her pets in it." 

Will Friend writes. ".Although I'm 
sure that a lot has changed since I last wrote, 
I can't seem to think of anything too excit- 
ing. I still have a lot of hair, though more 
and more of it shows up gray every day. 
Better gray than down the drain though! 
Still involved with commercial real estate, 
but a year and a half ago I traded in the com- 
mute to Boston for a 15-minute ride to 
Wakefield. The burbs are less exciting, but 
much less stressful. We still live in Hamilton 
in the same house going on 12 years and cel- 
ebrated our 12th anniversary in September. 
Kids are growing like weeds. Emily is 10 and 
in fourth grade. William is five (and a half) 
and in kindergarten. Both go to Stoneridge 
Montessori school in Beverly where we've 
been as a family since Emily was only two- 
and-a-half. I don't see many GDA alum ex- 
cept for Annie L (her son Gunnar is in first 
grade at Stoneridge) and a few of the 
Annisquam contingent. Went to a coffee 
house at GDA back in November and saw 
GDA alum Jon Shain '85. Very good (if you 
like bluesy folk music). He has a couple of 
eds that are very good (again: if you like the 
music). It was (as always) good to be back on 
campus. Wish they had done more of those 
things when we were there. It was a fun in- 
timate night in the back cafeteria. Had 
hoped to make the winter alumni hockey 
game, but was away that weekend so it did- 
n't work out. That's pretty much it for now! 
Life is good and pretty quiet." 

John Parker writes. "I know my op- 

portunities to fill my life with more stuff, to 
make it even more hectic, have expanded as 
my 'babies' grow. If I knew- adulthood was 
going to be this busy, and filled with so much 
. . . well. work. I would have stayed 16. 
Cameron, seven-and-a-half going on 19 
(she is constandy showing off her belly, 
thanks to Britany Spears), is as precocious as 
ever and makes her Mom and me so proud 
with her diligent w-ork in school and at 
home. Our youngest Tess just turned five 
and I believe she will ultimately one day do 
whatever she wants to do and extremely 
well. They both remind me of the strong, 
liberated young women I knew- at Governor 
Dummer Academy more than a few moons 
ago... So. change the name of the school . . . 
hnimmm. 'New' Coke w-orked out so well. 
GDA is older than the nation its graduates 
help prosper. To think that the w-ord 
Dummer in the name will cause ill effects is 
just stupid. Our society is already being 
'dumbed down' enough. This would be a 
sell-out of the very things GDA tries to in- 
still in its students . Now I'm sure the folks 
who run the joint have some pretty good ar- 
guments for the name change, but just be- 
cause you can do something, doesn't mean 
you should. Leave the name alone and build 
another building instead, don't fix something 
that isn't broken. Later. JP." 

David Trayers writes, "I'm alive and 
w-ell and living in Hastings, Minnesota (just 
outside the Twin Cities). I work for a com- 
pany called Nilfisk- Advance as their Sr. 
Business Analyst in the IT department. 
which means that I translate what the users 
want into geek speak so the programmers 
understand, and vice versa. Nilfisk manufac- 
tures commercial and industrial floor clean- 
ing machines. I have two daughters (11 and 
7) and my wife Liz is about one year away 
from getting her doctorate in pharmacy (I 
call it my four-year retirement plan). This 
past summer, we recently completed our 
new house that's out in the township. We 
did a lot of the work ourselves. It's great liv- 
ing in the country. Do a lot of digital pho- 
tography in my spare time (the little I have) 
as well as some digital photo restoration. I've 
won several categories in some local photo 
contests. For me. working with a camera 
and PHOTOSHOP is the right blend of art 
and science and a great creative outlet... I'd 

Proud grandfather and Mr. "Moon Over GDA" Mike Moonves with 

daughter Augusta Henley Cheshire '82 and granddaughters, 

Ashleigh, (4) and Savannah, (13). 

have to say that I'm in the NO column for 
the name change. Are there enrollment 
problems? I don't think so and I can't be- 
lieve that the name of the school is a nega- 
tive motivator for prospective families. Sure, 
everyone chuckles at the name the first time 
they hear it, but once they look past the 
name and see the excellent school behind it, 
the name doesn't matter. Besides, if someone 
can't see past the name of the school, maybe 
GDA isn't for them. I don't like the fact that 
there has been two years of quiet discussion 
behind closed doors about the name change. 
If GDA changes its name, then it will be an- 
other casualty in the movement to do away 
with time-honored traditions and values in 
this country. Institutions are too concerned 
with marketing and 'image' and not offend- 
ing anyone. For over 200 years the school 
has been named for the person who started 
it. That is historical fact. Changing the 
name for the sake of 'image' insults the lega- 
cy of the thousands of graduates over the 
school's 200-year history. I'll get off my 
soapbox now." 

Kim Newby writes, "Here's an update. 
My husband James and I have been living on 
an island off the coast of Maine for the past 
two years. We are the only ones who live 
here in the winter (there are some fishing 
families that come out here in the summer). 
Our home is off the grid but we manage to 

live a fairly connected, if remote, life. We in- 
stalled solar panels and hooked them up to a 
large battery bank to run most of our sys- 
tems. We are linked to satellites for commu- 
nications and use propane and kerosene for 
lighting, stove and fridge. Our heat comes 
from a wood stove and water from a drilled 
well. I run a solo law practice from home, 
helping clients (via teleconferencing and 
email) with technology licensing, intellectu- 
al property matters and international busi- 
ness transactions (focused on investments 
into China). James works at a hospital on the 
mainland in the spring, summer and fall but 
winter crossings in our little lobster boat are 
a bit too treacherous, so he is working on a 
variety of projects at home until the spring 
thaw (we get iced in for weeks at a time). It 
is a very different life from my hectic past 
city lives in Hong Kong and Boston, but I 
love it. I am sending along a photo (not in- 
cluded) of us at our place last summer. It 
would be great to hear from people in 
the area. My email address is: knewby@ju-" 

As for me, I have to laugh: who is "in 
the area" of a deserted island off the coast of 
Maine? Seals? If any of you are floating by, 
email Kim and drop by for a visit! I wonder 
what is in that fridge after being iced in for 
a few weeks??? But anyway. I have nothing 
much to report. Been a part-timer Deputy 

Clerk of the Superior Court in Manchester, 
NH for the past couple of years and now it 
looks like I will have to switch back to full- 
time in the near future. The court system 
needs a full time person in the position, so 
it's either go full time or go away! That will 
be an adjustment for the kiddos but we'll 
give it a try. Eddie is in fourth grade, Layla 
is in first. I see Martha Lanton occasional- 
ly and email with Trina Chiara and 
Heather (Vickers) Ryan, Alison (Miller) 
Montague and Jane (Bousrert) Burns. 
Actually, I get emails from all of you, but 
that's because I am the class secretary! (Can 
you believe I have been doing this for over 
15 years! I thought it was a good idea at the 
fifth reunion when John Nye nominated 
me to take over for him. A downside to the 
open bar concept.) I am whole-heartedly, 
unabashedly opposed to taking DUMMER 
out of the Academy name. Did people tease 
me about it? No. Besides, it's a proper 
name, not an adjective for heaven's sake. Not 
even spelled the same. I think "Governor's 
Academy" sounds like a state-run school. 
Possibly a juvenile detention program. I'm 
glad that (as of yesterday Feb. 5) the Trustees 
promised to keep Governor Dummer 
Academy as one of the names considered in 
May, and have promised to hold a series of 
forums to get student/parent/alumni input. 
What I would most like to see is the addition 
of several alumni to the committee appoint- 
ed in December. These additional members 
should be alumni who are opposed to a 
name change, to balance out the committee, 
which is otherwise made up of folks who 
have already decided in favor of a name 
change. Additionally, the company hired to 
assist with the name change should be re-di- 
rected to assist with improving the first im- 
pression that prospective students have of the 
school, other than by changing the name. I 
don't include everyone's input on this issue, 
but of the 10 or so folks who responded to 
the news of a potential name change, NO- 
BODY thought it was a good idea. One or 
two were more willing than the rest of us to 
consider it, but most were in the "NO 
WAY" frame of mind. 

Stay tuned, this should be an interesting 
spring. Check out the official 
website and the - the 
"don't you dare mess with the name of my 
school" website. That's my two cents. 
(Worth every penny) 

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Class of 1983 

Danielle L. Jacobs 

91 Pond Street 

Marblehead, MA 01945-2604 

(781) 639-9272 

Laurianne Murphy 

1 01 W End Avenue Apt 32D 

New York, NY 10023-6381 

(212) 579-0822 

I hope everyone is having a great year so 
far. We are certainly off to a snowy start! I am 
doing well. We are currently renovating our 
home. We've moved out but only next door 
- how convenient is that?! We should be 
back in our newer and slightly larger home 
next month; barring any last minutes 
mishaps I heard from a few classmates, al- 
though I still wish more of you would write! 

Kevin Cryts sounds like he is enjoying 
life. He writes, "We are doing great down 
here in Williamsburg, Virginia. I am very 
busy with work, as I am now the Mid 
Atlantic Director of Fraud Investigations for 
Colonial Investigations, Inc., based out of 
Georgetown, MA. We specialize in insurance 
fraud investigations and I have about 25 in- 
vestigators working for me in 15 states, with 
more still to be hired. I have been doing a lot 
of traveling and I have found Baltimore to be 
a place everyone should try and visit some- 
time. It is a lot like Boston. I am also coach- 
ing my son's football and baseball teams, ages 
8-9. We won the football league this year go- 
ing 11-0 and it was the first time 
Williamsburg had done that in its history. We 
play teams in the surrounding area and have 
not had much success in the past. My son 
Collan won league defensive MVP. It was a 
long and grueling season but it was a blast. 
My daughter, Abby (7) loves gymnastics. 
Every night my wife and I are taking them 
somewhere. I have attached a picture of 
them. I can't believe we will be turning 40 
this year. I still feel young!! Since we moved 
to Virginia in 2001 the Patriots have won 
two Super Bowls and the Red Sox a World 
Series. I guess I should have moved a long 
time ago!! I hope things are going well for 
you. I am looking forward to hearing from 

Kevin Cms' '83 son Collan (9) and daughter Abby (7). 

the class of '83 in the next Archon." 

I also heard from Peter Judson who is 
keeping busy in the movie industry between 
NYC and LA. Here's what's going on in 
Peter's world: "Here's a bit of a spiel for a 
project I've been working on. I just finished 
an independent film called Xobody Wants Your 
Film about the struggle to make and then get 
the work to an audience. I've set up a web- 
site for the film to try and link up to an au- 
dience through the web so I can eventually 
convince a distributor to finance a theatrical 
release of the film. On the site you can see 
quite a lot of scenes from the movie. The 
film and website have many well known in- 
dependent film actors on/in it like Steve 
Buscemi, Sam Rockwell, Peter Dinklage, 
David Proval, Peter Stormare, Daryl 
Mitchell, Karyn Parsons, and Pruitt Taylor 
Vince. Check out http://nobodywantsyour- PS: if you like what you see, please 
bring your friends to visit the site as well... 
you'll be helping me make this crazy idea 
work. It's a film I made while working on a 
feature out in LA... I live between LA and 
NYC and went to graduate school for film 
at NYU.. .I'm trying to get the film into the- 
aters and that's what the website is about..." 
I meant to personally harass more of 

you for notes. Unfortunately time slipped 
away before I got too far. However, I was 
able to coerce some info out of Jon Gibbs. 
Thank you, Jon! And to the rest of you, don't 
assume you're safe! Jon writes that he's liv- 
ing in Marblehead with his wife, Jen (age 20 
ha!!) (Although I'll vouch that she could 
probably pass for 25, that's Danielle writing 
now), and boys Jeffrey (7) andjared (5). Jon 
merged his company into Groom 
Construction where he holds the position of 
Sr. V.P. He's in close contact with David 
Hoffman who fives in Wellesley and works 
for TJX Co. He also sees Greg Erlich who 
fives in Peabody with his wife and three kids. 
Jon's brother Andrew '85 is a marketing 
manager for a company that's about to go 
public. Andrew lives with his wife Irina and 
eight-month-old son, Alexander. 

Well, that's about all for now. I hope 
everyone has a fantastic spring. I'm thinking 
about possibly organizing a class get togeth- 
er when the weather gets warmer. I'll keep 
you all posted, and hope that more of you re- 
spond to social gatherings than do to class 

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Class of 1984 

Cathleen Riley Scerbo 

35 Winterberry Lane 

Stratham, NH 03885-2472 

(603) 778-3 J 69 

Well it's about 15 minutes after the 
New England Patriots won the Super Bowl 
for the third time in four years and the ex- 
citement in the air is . . . well . . . non-exis- 
tent. My boys are all sleeping. My husband is 
filling out sign-up forms for summer camp 
and I am once again doing my class notes in 
the 1 1th hour (literally!) We are quietly cel- 
ebrating another New England victory, 
while wearing our Red Sox championship t- 
shirts. Something my New York 
Yankee/Giants fan husband is tolerating 
nicely, after 15 years in New Hampshire! 

In the past week I have heard from 
many alumni and faculty, current and for- 
mer, including our beloved Peter Bragdon, 
on the very emotional debate over our 
school's name. I am hopeful that by the time 
this is in print, the decision will be behind us 
and our community will be stronger than 
ever, having weathered this storm. I encour- 
age you all, no matter the outcome, to keep 
an open heart for our Academy I can assure 
you, there is a depth of love and loyalty to 
this school that I did not fully appreciate be- 
fore the email maelstrom of the past week. 
The best interest of the school is on the fore- 
front of everyone's heartfelt opinion. 

In the meantime, the great graduates of 
1984 have continued on with their impres- 
sive and busy lives! John Barton writes that 
he completed his Ph.D. in Environmental 
Engineering at the University of Cincinnati. 
He is also coaching soccer with his kids. 
Congratulations on a superb achievement, 

Jim Donaldson writes that he and his 
family recently moved to Marion, MA. 
Oldest son Zac (16) is now driving (!!), Dane 
(14) is looking at high schools and Reese (5) 
is in kindergarten. Jim is still at the 
Massachusetts Military Reservation in his 
10th year as a scientist/ QA Specialist on 
the ground water study. Jim has been 
in touch with Jon Shain '85 and FJ Ventre 
this year and is looking to catch up 

John Cummings '84 with sons, Alec (lower left), Jack, Bryan (with Stacy), and Number 

One son, "Rebel," in the lower right 

with others. His email address is 

David Gould checked in from Bogota, 
Colombia where he has been for the past 
five years. He is still writing novels, demobi- 
lizing illegal armed groups and taking care of 
his two little kids. Blake Underbill '86 vis- 
ited recently with his wife, who is from 
Colombia, and their child. David writes that 
he has been in touch with Chris Ginsberg 
'83 and Mike Diehl '81. His sister Jes 
Gould '85 is happily married and has a big 
slightly hyper dog. Shane Halpern is also 
well. Great hearing from you, David, as al- 

I also heard from Liz (Hanson) Walker 
who emailed from Abilene, TX, where she 
and her husband have been for the past six 
years. Brad has just retired from the Air Force 
after 22 years. Liz has two boys, Nick (16) 
and Robbie (10). Liz has been working at 
BCBS of TX for the past six years - a great 
health plan. She writes that she has "enjoyed 
several years working with the PTA and 
overseeing the R.I.F program at my son's 
school. Nothing better than free books for 
children!" Liz, it was great hearing from you 
after all these years! 

On a very sad note, I learned recently 
that Pierre Deller passed away about a year 
ago in Ecuador. 

Finally, John Cummings sent a very 
fun email, which I cannot do justice to with 

an abbreviated version, so instead excerpts 
follow. "The last time I wrote . . . Life was 
good. I had gotten married (to Stacy); had a 
son (Jack) and was working in my dream job 
as an Assistant United States Attorney for the 
District of Columbia. So, where have I been 
for the past six years or so? Federal witness 
protection? On one of those embarrassing 
journeys to 'find myself? Or perhaps, I was 
abducted by aliens? Well the last actually 
comes close. You see, in 2000, Stacy gave 
birth to twin boys, Alec and Bryan. (Stacy 
tells me that twins run in her family, al- 
though I do not remember her mentioning 
this before her fateful sonogram). Since the 
twins were born, life has been a blur. Shortly 
after the twins were born, I was transferred 
to the Homicide Section at the US 
Attorney's Office, and I have been there for 
the past four years. Stacy, who still works for 
MCI, also went through a lot of turmoil 
with all the scandals and bankruptcy pro- 
ceedings at MCI. Sprinkle in 9/11 and the 
Washington area sniper, and it has been a 
chaotic five years or so. I always think fond- 
ly of the Bragdons and the close relationship 
that they had with our class. Please give my 
best to the class of '84. If the past five years 
have been any indicator, the next five years 
should fly by, and I'll hope to see you at our 
twenty-fifth reunion (scary thought)." Life 
for John is settling in now that the twins are 
five and Jack is eight. John was also recently 

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named Senior Litigation Counsel. Look for a 
picture of John and family somewhere in this 

As for my family, it's been a particularly 
hectic winter thus far. Dan and I are volun- 
teering in the kids' activities wherever possi- 
ble. Dan is a scout leader for Ryan's Tiger 
Cubs' den and the communications director 
for the Pack. I am coordinating the town's 
basketball program, coaching Ryan and 
Sean's teams and Dan and I are both referee- 
ing. In spite of the crazy pace, the boys are 
doing well. Sean joined a Math Explorers 
program that is by invitation only and will be 
playing cello in a one-day orchestra event in 
March. He is enjoying fifth grade quite a bit 
and tied for second in this year's geography 
bee! Drew's favorite subject is gym and his 
favorite part about playing basketball this 
year is that the third graders get to play full 
court. Ryan is enjoying his first year at the 
local elementary school with his brothers. 
He has a wonderful first grade class that he is 
enjoying immensely, and so far, he likes math 
and reading the most. 

I am still working at Liberty and was re- 
cently promoted to a second level 
Operations Manager. I am traveling to our 
Ireland office a couple times a year and this 
fall, Dan was able to come with me for 10 
days. I mixed three days of work in between 
Dublin and a driving tour of Donegal, the 
Northwestern part of the island. Needless to 
say, Dan and I are happy our marriage sur- 
vived the driving part! Those streets are 

As always, I enjoy your letters and hope 
you are all doing well. Please keep in touch. 


Class of 1985 

Nathalie E. Ames 

526 West Grant Place, B 

Chicago, IL 60614 

(773) 883-1325 

Sam Blatchford writes, "We are in a 
very busy and fun period of our lives. The 
children are keeping us on our toes! Olivia is 
14, Charlie is 13,Toma is 11 and Chole is 10. 
Life has been very good to us! Our new ad- 
dress is 703 Grosvenor,Westmount, Quebec, 
H3Y 2T1. Laura and I are keeping busy. We 
are looking forward to the reunion in June. 

Meredith (Lazo) McPherron reports: 
"It has been a good year for all of us. Our 
three kids have all enjoyed school: Max 
(kindergarten), Ben (pre-k), and Eliza (two 
years old... in a pre pre school). I have dedi- 
cated my work energy to build a non-profit 
organization called 'From the Top'. We focus 
on kids and music through both educational 
curriculum and a national radio program 
mainly distributed on public radio. Matt 
continues to enjoy working for Bain 


20th Class Reunion 

June 10, 11, 12 2005 

Class of 1986 

Paul B. Nardone 

190 Summer Street 

Lynnfield,MA 01940-1857 

(781) 334-2037 

Lee (Hayman) Podolnick writes, "I 
am currently living in Cherry Hill, NJ with 
my husband and 2.5-year-old daughter, 
Madeline. I am keeping busy working as a 
recruiter for McKesson Health Solutions and 
I have recently started my own business, 
Style for 9 Maternity. It is a retail maternity 
boutique, offering chic maternity fashions 
that are great quality and value. Check out 
my website - Please 
pass the link on to anyone who lives in the 
Philadelphia area! I keep in touch with Kim 
Rochford, Hedi Charde and Kim 
McNulty and got to see them last summer 
while vacationing in Maine." 

Kim McNulty writes, "Not much new 
here. I did see Karen Tucker at a kid's gym 
last April. She lives in Medford and has two 
beautiful little kids. I was roommates with 
Kirk Brown '86 at Dartmouth Medical 
School. He is now a radiologist but I have 
unfortunately lost touch with him and miss 
talking to him..." 

Nicole D.T. Harding (Truman) 

writes, "How can I be missing if GDA has 
me on its mailing list?? All is well here on 
Lake Winnispesaukee." 

As for me, the Nardone Family now in- 
cludes Hope Elizabeth, an eight-pound baby 
girl born on July 20, 2004. I left my CEO 
position at Annie's Homegrown after 11 
years. The company merged with another 
entity and it was the right time for me to 
move on. I am now running a company 
called Nantucket Off-Shore. I am 
officially in the cocktail related business and 
am having fun with it (wwwnantucketoff- 

I must say that I am disappointed with 
the recent developments I've heard about the 
name change. I find both the process and 
outcome a bit concerning. This episode 
causes me to question my ongoing involve- 
ment with and support of GDA. Apparently, 
some market research firm has convinced the 
Governor Dummer Academy Board of 
Directors that the school would be more 
marketable if it dropped "Dummer". I would 
love to know how you all feel about this is- 
sue. I serve on the Alumni Council and 
would like to provide feedback from the 
Class of '86. Please send me an email at 


Class of 1987 

Amy B. Northup 

84 Central Street 

Byfield, MA 01922 

(978) 465-0724 

anorthup@comcast. net 

Kristen M. Poulin 

P.O. Box 255 

Byfield, MA 01922 

(978) 462-9953 

We hope everyone had happy and 
healthy holidays, and for those in the north- 
east, are out from under all the snow. 
Perhaps everyone is busy with winter activi- 
ties... so our next set of notes SHOULD be 
full of news. 

Lisa (Taplin) Murray sent a cute note: 
"We arc expecting our second child in May 
2(105! I am also in the process of getting my 

62 TheArchon • Spring 2005 

to all their activities. We are expecting our 
fourth child in June 2005." I imagine "busy" 
is an understatement. 

Enjoy the rest of this crazy winter and 
be in touch. 

Children of Bill Dumoulin '87: Joey (4), 
Timmy (6) and Billy Jr. (18 months). 

Master's in Information and Library Science 
- One step closer to my dream of being a 
'know-it-all reference queen'! We're still on 
Mount Desert Island, ME, trying to figure 
out how to fit #2 into our little house." 

Rob Delena sent in a picture of Ryan 
(3) and Abigail (2). He writes, "Ryan and 
Abigail DeLena are sporting Harley 
Davidson active wear courtesy of John 
Roach and his Palm Springs, CA, Harley 
dealership. John is currently working with 
the crew from American Chopper to design 
a bike for me with two very small side cars 
for the kids." 

A certain alum, who shall remain name- 
less, sent an adorable holiday card with a pic- 
ture of his THREE daughters on it. I sent a 
note back asking to put them in The Archon, 
but received no response. It would be great 
to get an update on his life too, as it is some- 
one we don't hear from very often. He was 
living in California, and moved back to 
Massachusetts not too long ago... 

Bill Dumoulin and his wife Sherrie 
"are as busy as a taxi service, bringing 
Timmy (6), Joey (4) and Billy Jr. (18 months) 


Class of 1988 

Deana Dominica Boy ages 

1911 Cambridge Street 

Upper Arlington, OH 43221 

dboyages @cohtmbus. rr. com 

Well, I am sorry to report that these 
notes are a bit light in the content depart- 
ment. I am chalking this up to the blizzard 
that hit the Northeast, so I am sure that most 
of you could hardly get to the mailbox to re- 
ceive your card, let alone mail it!!!! I hope 
that every one is doing well and I will pass 
along some information I do have for all of 
you. I have seen Lisa Sweeney Ryan's 
FIVE GIRLS and gotten a complete update 
from her as well. "Our beautiful baby, 
Gabrielle was born on just about the first day 
of the football season. What a great baby, 
thankfully. At four months, she is only four 
pounds lighter than her two-and-a-half- 
year-old sister, Jenna. While Jenna may be 
small in stature, she is a wild child at home. 
She is an angel in public so others find it 

Peter Bragdon and Buzz Crocker '87 
in Chicago. 

Rob Delena's '87 children, Abigail and 
Ryan Delena 

hard to believe that she is so crazy at home. 
Jenna loves Gabby and refuses to allow her to 
sleep. Kelsi (5) attends pre-k three days a 
week . . . and Kali (6) LOVES kindergarten. 
She thinks she is cool to ride the bus each 
day but brings her sister Madison (8) to tears 
when she chooses to sit with other friends. . . 
I celebrate completion of my meteorology 
degree this fall. It has been a long time com- 
ing and I am ready to see where this experi- 
ence takes me. After teaching last spring, I 
enjoy being home again, doing four loads of 
laundry daily." 

I also hear from Michelle LaFlamme 
who is off for an adventure!! "My husband 
and I welcomed our second child, Noah, on 
July 30,2004. My daughter Mckenzie (2) is 
adapting well. My husband is putting in for 
a transfer back to New England. As nice as 
the weather is in North Carolina, I'm a New 
Englander at heart. The only new thing is 
we bought a RV and use it every month. I 
tell you, it is the best way to travel with small 
children! We went to the Daytona Init. True 
Southern red necks!!!!!" 

Our last entry is from Andy Noel. He 
writes, "The Noels are all doing well at 
Choate. We reveled in the Red Sox World 
Championship Series (see photo). Best to 
Red Sox Nation! Let it snow." Let's keep 
your enthusiasm for the snow to yourself!!! I 
am happy to see the early arrival of spring! I 
am happy to know that we will all be re- 
sponsible for the breeding of the "new gen- 
eration" of Red Sox fans... Please take a 
look at Andy's children! 

I would be remiss to not mention the 
"white elephant" that sits in our notes with 

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Andy Noel's '88 children: Andrew, (4), A.J., (1) and Lucy, (5). 

us. As of this edition's notes, we have all re- 
ceived a letter from our Board of Trustees 
President, notifying us of the intention to 
change the name of our school. I hope that 
you have all had a chance to express your 
opinions to him via email. I am hopeful that 
the ground swell of opposition to this action 
will matter to our administration and 
trustees. We are all proud of our education 
at G.D.A. also known as Governor Dummer 
Academy. Where were we taught that we 
must change to accommodate the views and 
opinions of others? I believe we were taught 
just the opposite. It is that education which 
is to be valued and recognized. 


Class of 1989 

Kristin A. Brown 

Cambridge School of Weston 

45 Georgin Road 

Weston, MA 02493 

*(781) 893-3523 


John S. Wilson Sr 

5530 Lindenshire Lane 

Dallas,! X 75230-2138 

(972) 980-6899 

juHlsoti@republictitle. com 

When last I wrote, the Red Sox were 
close to advancing to the American League 
Championship Series against the Yankees. We 
all know what happened next, but few in our 
class know that their reign as World 
Champions began on the same evening that 
Maggie, the youngest of Jon Kocsis' three 
children (not a typo!), took her first steps. 
According to Jon, Maggie (who celebrated 
her first birthday February 1) is now "run- 
ning to keep up with her two older broth- 
ers, Bennett (10) and Sam (6)." Jon says he 
never knew how much free time he had be- 
fore he had three kids. 

Allison (Schermerhorn) Williams 
and her husband Greg welcomed their 
daughter Kira on September 25. I won't go 
in to the vital statistics but I will note that 
Kira was 11 days overdue! In addition to 
staying home with Kira, Allison continues to 
work on her Master's degree in social work 
at UNH. Allison also serves on the GDA 
Alumni Council and Diversity Committee. 
"If anyone has any ideas that would help 
campus feel like a more accepting and 
comfortable place, please feel free to contact 
me with ideas, concerns and any stories you 
may want to share. I can be reached at" 

Just over a week after the Williams' 
baby arrival, Carrie (O'Keefe) Hunter 

and her husband celebrated the birth of 
beautiful Sarah Francine on October 4. 
Carrie is enjoying being a stay-at-home 
Mom (a full-time job all itself) and look- 
ing forward to spring and summer with 
her baby girl. 

Stuart (Pleninger) Ragins is also 
enjoying motherhood. Stuart lives in New 
York City with her husband of two years 
and their baby daughter Campbell (about 
to celebrate birthday #1). Stuart continues 
her work as a senior manager in sales ad- 
ministration with Forest Laboratories. 

By the time you read this, Christina 
Cox will have departed the sunny 
California coast for an extended South 
American vacation. "I relinquished own- 
ership of my part of our animation com- 
pany in Santa Monica. I am leaving for 
South America in March for four to five 
months. Afterwards I will be starting my 
Master's in education to be an elementary 
school teacher in urban schools in the Los 
Angeles area. If anyone has good informa- 
tion on traveling in Venezuela, Ecuador, 
Argentina, Chile and/or Brazil, please feel 
free to email me at christinacox@earth-" 

I owe an apology to Kevin Lydon. First 
I solicited an update from Kevin, and then I 
lost the email he sent me. So, I will para- 

Si 4 


l ! 

John Wilson '89 with Peter Bragdon 

(A TheArchon - Spring 2005 

Kristin Brown's '89 husband Aaron Hirsch 
on the Great Wall of China 

phrase his comments. Kevin and Alex 
Moody are "having a blast" at Berkshire in 
their second season coaching hockey togeth- 
er. As of this writing, Coach Moody and 
Assistant Coach Lydon were 13-9-1. In ad- 
dition to their coaching duties, Alex teaches 
in the math department and Kevin is the as- 
sociate director of admissions. 

As for me, John Wilson, I am enjoying 
my one-year anniversary as vice president of 

commercial business development for 
Republic Title here in Dallas. My wife 
(Kelly) and I enjoy the precious time we 
get to spend together and the hours we 
spend chasing our two little boys, Jack (4) 
and Gray (1.5). Have a great summer! 

As for your other secretary (Kristin 
Brown): After three years living in 
Singapore, Aaron and I have moved back 
to the States. We had an amazing three 
years living and traveling overseas. We 
were fortunate enough to go on safari in 
Africa, see the Taj Mahal, visit the Great 
Wall of China, explore the tea plantations 
of Sri Lanka, hike on glaciers in New 
Zealand, visit Angkor Wat in Cambodia 
and trek in the Himalayas. We spent lots 
of time in Australia and we particularly 
loved Vietnam. Another highlight of our 
travels was visiting Jessica Pidgeon 
(Cowles) and her family who were liv- 
ing in China, (see photo) We certainly 
miss being able to head off to Indonesia 
or Thailand for weekend getaways - and 
we are having a hard time staying warm 
in this New England weather. It was an 
amazing experience and a wonderful way 
for us to begin our marriage. For now, we 
have settled back into New England life. I 
am back working at Pingree School and 
Aaron is the Director of Residential Life at 
Cambridge School of Weston. We enjoy be- 
ing back near friends and family but think 
that one day we will venture back out to Asia 
to teach again. I am looking forward to hear- 
ing from all of you as I return to my role as 
class secretary for the next issue of The 

r 99° 

Class of 1990 

Nicolle Fardy DelliColli 

20 Post Office Avenue, Apt. 25 

Andover,MA 01810-3651 

(978) 886-2456 

Jessica Pedgeon Cowles '89 and Kristin 
Brown '89 

15th Class Reunion 

June 10, 11, 12 2005 

Hello, Class of 1990: A little light in the 
notes this time around. The holidays and all 
this Boston Sports glory has undoubtedly 

kept people occupied. As I write, The 
Patriots have just won the Superbowl! Again! 
It's been a great year-and-a-half to be a New 
England fan and resident. 

One of our own, Kerry (Campbell) 
Morrison writes, "My husband, Doug, and 
I moved to Andover this summer. Stop by 
and say Hi. We had our first child on 
October 1- Louis Barnard has been great - 
so much fun. I'm sure Grayson will fill you 
in on all the rest." Yea! Congrats, Kerry. 
What a handsome name for the little boy. 

And yes, Grayson fills us in. "We had a 
great Christmas and New Year (our baby 
Will turned one on New Years Eve!). 
Charlie was really into Christmas this year 
and he is a huge Spiderman fan so it was a 
Spiderman Christmas at our house. 
Kathryn's baby Anna is getting so big and we 
have a lot of fun playing with them since 
they live right around the corner. We are 
waiting for Alison's baby boy - coming soon. 
Hope all is well, xoxo" 

Mr. Glenn Johnson writes to say "Hi" 
and updates that he almost has that back 
handspring! And he has seen fellow alums 
Courtney Carson '89 and Michelle Smith 
'91 recently Keep going Glenn. I want to 
see that trick! 

David Smith reports: "Attended 
Jocelyn Malik's wedding early this fall in 
Pittsburgh. I have made a ton of progress on 
our house in Silver Spring, MD New floors, 
some wiring, some plumbing, and a new 
kitchen comes the week of Thanksgiving. I 
talk to Brian Rodgers (the AD at St. 
Timothy's) and Chad Harlow a lot. Where 
is Joe Crowley? See you at Reunion." 

Jon Bormell's culinary career has blos- 
somed. He and a recipe were featured on 
the Today Show website a while back. Keep 
abreast of his recipes and events at (ed. note: See 
article about Jon in this issue ofTfte Archon) 

By now, everyone's been informed of 
the decision to change the name of our 
school. It was news to me as well. Tradition? 
History? I've expressed my feelings to mem- 
bers of the board and administration. If you 
have an opinion and I'm sure you all do, 
voice it now. Particularly if you are opposed, 
before any change is official. And remember, 
Reunion is planned for June. If it's still 
Governor Dummer Academy, I will see you 

there. If not, we'll see Write in! Until 

then . . . 

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Class of 1991 

Nicole E LaTour 

9 Worcester Street 

Boston, MA 02118 

(617) 267-2008 

I hope that this note finds all of you 
well. It has been a busy fall. I am happy to 
say that my new business venture, LaTour 
Decor, is up and running. However, I am still 
adjusting to life in Boston and this snowy 
winter has not been a welcoming one to this 
California girl at heart. A true highlight of 
the fall was watching Karen Queen marry 
her fiance Ben Stern in Cambridge in 
November. Karen was a radiant bride and it 
was honor to be a part of her special day. 
Also attending the wedding was Catherine 
Batchelder who came with her latest pro- 
duction, her daughter Callie, who was born 
in late October. It was fun to ring in the 
holidays this year with so many old friends. 
The South End has become a meeting point 
as Matt Murphy and I have conveniently 
bought condos about two blocks away from 
each other. In attendance at my holiday get 
together were Karen and Ben Stern, Matt, 
Todd Bairstow and Eunice and Stratton 
Newbert. Stratton and Eunice continue 
with their home improvement projects but 

Members of the Class of 1991 recently had a mini- 
reunion: Heft to right): Ben Stern, Karen Queen 
Stern. Nicole LaTour, Stratton Newbert, Eunice 
Newbert and Todd Bairstow. 

Stratton has also taken on 
ture and now works for ; 

new work ven- 
1 ompany called 

the Collaborative Engineer in downtown 
Boston. Also returning back to the area is 
Toby Levine after a year-long stint in 
Bangkok. Toby had an amazing year but is 
happy to be back home. It was great fun to 
take one of her classes at the new spa in 
town, Exhale. I was impressed by Toby's 
teaching but also equally impressed by the 
flexibility of her parents, Sue and Larry 
Levine, who happily sweated it out with me! 
David Corbett has been named 
Manager, Business Development at New 
Directions, Inc. A recent MBA graduate of 
The Kellogg School of Management, Dave 
was previously in planning at United 
Airlines, in product development and mar- 
keting at Disney and a summer intern at 
Fidelity Investments. He is president of The 
Kellogg Alumni Club of Boston and a 
trustee of The Foundation for New- 
Directions. He received his BA degree in 
economics from Northeastern University 

Kirnberly Shiff says, "My husband 
Andy and I welcomed a healthy baby boy on 
May 2, 2004. Grant was eight pounds, four 
ounces, and is doing well - he's fat and hap- 

John Whitesides, strength and condi- 
tioning coach for the Bruins, has had a little 
time off this season, due to the canceling of 
the NHL's season. For a while he helped de- 
fenseman Hal Gill rehabilitate from a broken 
foot. Then he went to work with the 
Wilmington Fire Department which re- 
ceived a federal grant to renovate 
its weight room. The Fire Chief 
asked John to design a fitness 
program. As part of his prepara- 
tion. John spent a day at the 
Mass. Firefighting Academy and 
breaking into a car with the Jaws 
of Life in order to learn about 
the physical eiemands on fire- 
fighters. John is donating his fee 
to the Bruins Foundation and for 
the building of a skateboard park 
in Wilmington. Way to go, John. 
Of course I would be remiss 
in my secretarial duties if I didn't 
address the most pressing issue at 
hand: the announcement of plans 
to change the name of Governor Dummer 
Academy. This news has elicited a great deal 
of conversation. It was nice to see that no 

matter what side of the issue you stand on, 
that GDA certainly has a special place in all 
of our hearts. There was and continues to be 
a lot of insightful and valuable dialogue 
amongst our class and others. Pete Jacobs 
and Graeme Jones wrote very thoughtful 
notes about their feelings against the name 
change while Lindsey Miller Boden was 
able to give further insight to the idea from 
her work in admissions. I hope that you all 
will take the time to express your opinion 
directly to Mr. Doggett and Mr. Morgan. 
Governor Dummer Academy is still our 
school and your voice can make a difference. 
Let's hope spring comes quickly and I hope 
to hear from you soon. 


Class of 1992 

Catharine "Cassie" A. Wickes 

6155 Fountain Valley School Road 

Colorado Springs, CO 80911 

(719) 391-5317 


It was great to hear from so many of 
you this winter. Lots of news to report! 
Judy Livingston Loto is doing museum 
work and has had her first article published. 
Judy and her husband welcomed their baby 
girl, Skye Elizabeth Loto, on May 31, and are 
enjoying the joys of parenthood. She's 
working on starting a small museum up on 
Lake Winnipesauke as well. 

Tom Forcier is living in London, 
where he has been for the last four years. 
He's been married for about three years now 
- his wedding fell right on our 10-year re- 
union, so he's got a good excuse! Tom wel- 
comed his daughter Amelie (Millie) in 
December. When he's not busy with the 
newborn, Tom is practicing law. 

Did anyone see Jen (Davidson) Noon 
on Jeopardy on January 20? She was on for 
two nights, and walked away a proud winner 
of $19,000. Way to go, Jen! She's having 
quite a year: bought a house in Woburn and 
is engaged to be married in May of 2005. 
Looking forward to going back to Italy 
(where she lived for a year teaching English) 
for her honeymoon. Jen reports that Kate 
Atkins is doing good work fighting the 
good fight in Jersey City. 

Erin Elwell Rich is expecting her sec- 

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ond baby (another boy!) in March, and by 
the time this gets printed we hope the "ex- 
pecting" part will have turned to "enjoying!" 
They've moved to a new home in West 
Newbury and are looking forward to life as 
a foursome. 

Charisse Charley has moved back to 
Los Angeles to enjoy the pleasant weather — 
especially nice after living and teaching for a 
year in the humid tropics of Belize. Charisse 
would like to say hello to the "GDA Piru." 

Brooke Whiting was married in 
August in the Moseley Chapel at GDA. 
Despite the heat and rain, it sounds like quite 
an event, with a reception following in 
Topsfield. Brooke and her husband, Major 
Jonathan Cash, are moving this summer to 
Northern Virginia, where he'll be working at 
Fort Belvoir, and she'll find work again as a 
landscape architect. 

Justin Philbrick and his brother are co- 
owners of their family business, the Colonial 
Poplin Nursing Home. Our condolences to 
Justin for losing his mom in April. 

Jason Pierce is enjoying married life 
and the Colorado winter, while his wife 

learns the term "ski widow." 

Tara Ryan is living in Andover with 
her husband and 10-month-old son, Joseph. 
She's working for Ryan Financial Services as 
a wealth manager. Tara had the chance to 
catch up with Chris O' Sullivan and Eric 
LaCroix '90, as well as Megan Price 
Hight '91. 

Dara Shain is still enjoying life in 
Durham, North Carolina, and is en- 
gaged to be married in May. They got 
engaged in Italy while celebrating Amy 
Nicolo's 30th birthday last spring. 
Dara's doing advertising work for an al- 
ternative newspaper in Durham. She 
reports that Cara Fineman will be 
married in September, that Jackie 
Hogan is looking into graduate pro- 
grams, and that Amy Nicolo is enjoy- 
ing married life. 

John Kazanjian and his wife 
Claire welcomed Thomas John this 
December. John ran into Carolyn 
McGinnis DiGiammo at Brigham & 
Women's Hospital and was surprised to 
find himself talking babies with a GDA 

classmate! Carolyn reports that she and her 
husband moved back from NewYork/CT to 
Andover a little over a year ago and is enjoy- 
ing being "home". Their daughter will be 
three at the end of February and the second 
is due around the same time. 

Matt Masinter is in the Chicago sub- 
urbs, and is about to celebrate his daughter's 
second birthday! 

Hoyt Morgan is enjoying life in San 
Diego. He's a marketing VP and partner of a 
large and growing student loan company. 
Hoyt reminds us all of the beautiful San 
Diego weather, and is happy to meet up with 
anyone who finds themselves in the 
Southern California area. Living there, he's 
been lucky enough to see Nick LaPierre 
and Tyler Maheu. With two recent GDA 
weddings (Matt Remis and Nick 
LaPierre), he's been able to catch up with 
lots of our classmates including Andre 
Sheffield, Chris Ruggiero, Sean Colgate, 
Chris Peabody, Steve Peabody, and Pete 

Amy Daniels and her husband, Patrick, 
have bought a home in Hamilton, MA and 
she's still enjoying her job at the Prudential 
Center, despite the commute. 

Candice Denby has finished the class- 
room portion of her Physican Assistant pro- 
gram. She's now doing her six-week rota- 
tions, and still enjoying life in the Bay Area. 

Stephen Peabody says, "Living in 
Marblehead, MA with wife Aimee. Things at 
Cresset Development are busy and exciting. 
New hotel we built just opened at the end of 

John Kazanjian's '92 son, Thomas John 

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lass notes 

the summer: The Bullfinch Hotel. The 
Angus BeefSteak House on the first floor of 
the hotel will open by the end of the year. 
All in all. things are good." 

Matthew Remis was married in 
August to Cindy Weener. They had a great 
wedding in Boston at the Seaport Hotel. 
They had almost 350 guests in attendance. 
There were many alum from GDA. Lori 
Weener '90, Cindy's sister, was the maid of 
honor. Hoyt Morgan. Chris Ruggiero. 
Andre Sheffield and Nick LaPierre were 
all groomsmen. Everyone had a great time. 
It was a night to remember! 

I did a lot of traveling this year, some 
more exciting than the rest. My three-day 
trip to Italy in November was a highlight. I 
was able to watch my boyfriend and his 
brother run the Firenze marathon in 
Florence. I was also out in California in 
September and not only did I catch up with 
Candice Denby in Oakland and Tyler 
Maheu in Laguna, I was able to catch Game 
1 of the ALDS against Anaheim. "While that 
win seemed easy, I never dreamed that the 
Red Sox would have such a storybook finish 
to their season. Other than that, when I'm 
not sifting through GDA emails I'm still 
reading student applications in the 
Admissions Office out here at Fountain 
Valley. I'm enjoying the winter and trying to 
ski as much as possible, but after three years 
have decided that, despite the cold, New 
England will always be home and I hope to 
relocate to the Boston area this summer. It 
was great to hear from so many of you. 
While there are strong opinions going on 
about GDA in the news lately, the fond 
memories of our time in Byfield and our af- 
fection for the school rings true for all. 
Please keep in touch. 


Class of 1993 
Need Class Secretary 

Shawn Markey reports: "Still working 
at Ye Olde Academy; however, I am no 
longer teaching French! I have moved into 
the College Counseling office with Janet 
Adams-Wall and still working with Lynda 
Bromley in the Dean's Office. The Govs are 
having a great year on the gridiron. Looking 
forward to getting married at GDA in 


Dana Pascucci says, "Hope every- 
thing is going well. I have just started a 
new job as of November in NYC build- 
ing E Trades International Sales desk. 
My new email address is dana.pascuc- I do wish everyone 
Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year. 
I would love to catch up with everyone 
so please send me an email. 

Christopher Cini bought a house 
and moved to Martha's Vineyard year 
round. Working as full-time paramedic. 
Loving life with wife Deborah. 

Andrea Manning reports: "Still enjoy- 
ing living in NYC. I am changing jobs in 
late January — I am joining Lehman Brothers 
to run recruiting for their Wealth & Asset 
Management Division. Am taking a month 
off to travel first." 

Angela Ives Hill reports that she is liv- 
ing in Charleston, SC. "I got married on 
December 17, 2004 to Jesse Grady Hill." 

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Class of 1994 

Kristen Lynn Marvin 

14335 Burbank Boulevard 

Apartment #6 

Van Xuys, CA 91401-4819 

(818) 780-1309 

I hope everyone is doing well. 
Unfortunately, I only received three respons- 
es for this Archon, so the class of 1994 will 
only have a small paragraph... 

Tom Faulkner got married last winter 
at GDA's Moseley Chapel, and had the re- 
ception at Atkinson Country Club. His 
wife, Zandra, is an interior designer in 
Boston. They just recently had a baby girl, 
Isabella Nora Faulkner, who was born on 
August 8, 2004 and weighed eight pounds 
13 ounces. They currently live in Haverhill, 
but are house hunting in southern NH. Tom 
works as a mortgage banker and regularly 
hangs out with Dave Costa, who also lives 
in Haverhill with his fiancee and Justin 
Rivera who live in Newton. Tom recently 
got back in touch with Izzi Metz who is 
doing well, coaching basketball at Cornell. 

Catherine Perry loved catching up 
with everyone at Reunion and wanted to 

Tom Faulkner's '94 six-month-old 
daughter, Isabella Nora 

write in to say that she's currently living in 
Istanbul, Turkey for six months. She says her 
only regret is missing my wedding (I think 
she has to say that...) She says she'll catch up 
with everyone this summer. Alison Martin 
writes that she got engaged over the holidays 
to Kevin Fruh. They are planning a summer 
2006 wedding. They currently five in North 
Carolina v-hile she finishes up her MBA at 
UNC Chapel Hill. She doesn't have a job 
yet for next year but is hoping for one that 
will bring them back to New England. 

As for me, I'm getting married March 
20 in Bedford, NH and am looking forward 
to partying with some GDA alums at the re- 
ception! On a different topic, I have some 
thoughts about this whole Governor 
Dummer name change, but unfortunately 
I can't use any of the words that best describe 
my feelings about it. However, I can print 
what my brother Brian Marvin '97 said: 
"As for name changes, Dick Swett (NH con- 
gressman 91-94) never felt pressure to 
change his name, so I don't think Governor 
Dummer Academv should either." 


Class of 1995 

Laura B. Barries 

P.O. Box 72279 

Kowloon Central Post Office 

*Yau Ma Tei 

Kowloon, Hong Kong SAR 


10th Class Reunion 

June 10, 11, 12 2005 

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Spring 2005 

Jamie (Shulman) Banker has been 
married for three-and-a-half years and living 
with her husband, David, in NYC. They are 
expecting a baby girl in the beginning of 

Archie Kasnet is currently living in 
Karlskrona, Sweden, pursuing a Master's in 
Sustainable Development. "We have a di- 
verse class from all over the world and amaz- 
ing program leaders. The place reminds me 
of Newburyport. I know Reunion is com- 
ing and I unfortunately will not be able to 
make it. We will be finishing up classes at 
that time. I was looking to reliving the glory 
days in Ingham, but I guess it will have to 
wait. I saw Brian Crowe in London while 
attending a conference last fall and always see 
the usual suspects in Boston when I am 
home. Literally bumped into Cobb Mixter 
on the subway in NYC..." 

Mark Graves is in Phoenix teaching 
yoga living with his girlfriend Dana, and 
Preston Picardi is in San Francisco with his 
new dog Munch. Saw Riley Batchelder on 
the street in San Francisco who told me she 
was living in Santa Barbara and lovin' 
it... while Chandlee Gore is a nurse living in 
the San Francisco area. 

Ambiya Bowo is married with two 
children, also living the San Francisco good 
life. Jason Weiler is in Truckee, California 
working at the greatest garage I have ever 
seen, making motorcycles and snowmobiles 

Trouble in Quincy, Massachusetts - 
where Dan Dipietro '96, Aaron Sells '96, 
Brady Miller, and Benson have 
all bought a very nice house. There goes 
the neighborhood... Sheffer [Robert 
Sheffield] is kicking it in and around 
Boston, wreaking havoc!!!" 

Ed Guzman's household has been busy. 
"On December 8 at 1:21 p.m., our second 
son was born. His name is Asher Victor iano 
Guzman, and he weighed in at seven pounds 
three ounces. He's been a wonderful addi- 
tion to our family. Our oldest, Noe, turned 
two on December 28. He's been a good big 
brother so far, although we're aware that 
there's a long way to go! Jen and I are still in 
New York, where I'm working at The New 
York Times as an editor in the sports depart- 
ment. I'm hoping to sneak up to GDA for 
the reunion in June. I have not been back 
there since graduation so it's a place I'm long 
overdue to visit." 

Jeffrey Jassmond is living in Portland, 
Oregon where he is recovering from a year 
of law school and working as a wine buyer 
for a couple of stores and restaurants. 
"Dabbling in food and wine writing while 
trying to figure out how to build a kitchen 
out of found office supplies. Not to betray 
the vow of silence out here, but does every- 
one know how beautiful the Pacific 
Northwest is? Thank you, Ms. Adams-Wall. 
Other NWGDAers should drop me an 
email. Drinks would be a kick." 

Gretchen Scharfe is "happily back in 
the boarding school world. Meriden, New 
Hampshire is a big change from the Upper 
West Side, but a much better fit. They are 
keeping me busy up here and with every day 
, I realize that teaching with Paul Wann was as 
good as it gets. I also got the joy of watch- 
ing Stirling Winder '04 play for UVM. I 
hope to get to see Jess Ross '01 finish up 
her career at Bowdoin and catch Megan 
Lagasse '03 and Angela Rappoli '03 as 
well. I miss my girls more than I could ever 
say! Hope all is well at GDA." 

As for me, Laura Beth Barnes, I am 
splitting my time between Hong Kong and 
mainland China with work which means 
that I am either becoming a linguistic or lin- 
guistically challenged as I am functioning in 
both Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese as 
well as English on a daily basis. 


Janna De Risi 

Southdown Landing 

3 Ladder Court 

Huntington, NY 11743 

(631) 659-3036 

jannaderisi@hotmail . com 

Jeffrey R. LaBelle 

2835 North Cambridge Avenue #1 

Chicago, IL 60657 

jeffreylabelle@hotmail. com 

I hope everyone enjoyed the holiday 
season. I know I am anxiously awaiting the 
arrival of spring! Notes were sparse this time 
around; let's try and change that next issue. I 
find it hard to believe that no one has any- 
thing exciting to report! I recently had a girls 
weekend in Boston with Katie Renna, 
Lauren Carroll, Carla Gotschall and Mara 
Zanfagna. Katie is living in Charlestown 
and has just returned from a two-week busi- 
ness excursion to India. Unfortunately, she 
did not run into Irshad Mecca! Lauren is 

living on Beacon Hill and doing great. We 
even had a chance to randomly run into her 
brother Greg '98 and his crew during our 
night out which was fun. Carla is excitedly 
planning her wedding to Graeme Jones '91 
for the fall and living in Marblehead. Mara 
and her boyfriend Scott are facing a possible 
job transfer from Colorado to Bermuda - 
not bad! Unfortunately, Kate Tierney could 
not join us for our night out; she and her fi- 
ance Gabe are living up in Portland, Maine 
where Kate is an Assistant District Attorney. 
Congrats, Kate, on passing the bar! As for 
me, I just about died when I was crossing the 
street to go to a neighbor's Super Bowl par- 
ty with crock-pot in hands and toddler in 
tow. How did I end up a suburban house- 
wife?! Our son Hudson will be turning two 
in March and I cannot believe how fast time 
flies. I honestly feel like I was at GDA just 

Blast from the past. I got a postcard this 
time around from classmate Jamieson 
Odell. Jamie left to go oversees before our 
graduation and has since graduated from 
Princeton and worked in New York City for 
three years. He is now on temporary assign- 
ment in Johannesburg, South Africa with JP 
Morgan. Jamieson had the opportunity to 
catch up with Kavy Yesair when he was 
back in New England for the holidays and 
hopes to see some GDA alums when he re- 
turns to NYC in April. 

Also many miles away from home is 
Lea Miner. Lea is beginning her fifth year 
living in Homer, Alaska where she and her 
fiance are starting a business and building a 
home on ten acres. She is currently working 
as the Assistant Administrator for an ortho- 
pedic clinic. This winter she welcomed new 
puppy Jack, looks like you are turning rather 
domestic yourself, Lea! Lea enjoyed a visit 
from Mr. & Mrs. Abu this past summer while 
they were on the west coast. My faithful 
friend Jason Rivera. I don't think an issue of 
the Archon has gone by without an Aloha 
from you! I can always count on you for the 
first news I receive! Jason is working in 
Boston for a youth marketing agency named 
Alloy. "We do a lot of rad stuff for companies 
like Hasbro, Timberland, Coors and a bunch 
of others," writes Jason who has lots of op- 
portunities to travel with his position in the 
strategic planning group. He is still surfing a 
lot and would love to see some GDA faces or 
at least get an email or two! Jason can be 
reached at 

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Raymond Long has been hired as a 
new math teacher at GDA, beginning in fall 
2005. His sister (Jessica '04) graduated last 
year and is now attending Dartmouth 
College and his mother Adrienne Berry- 
Burton is on the Board of Trustees. Good 
luck. Raymond. 


Class of 1991 

Sandra Padilla 

1523 Sacramento Street #7 

San Francisco, CA 94109 

(818) 766-6346 


Hello everyone! It's been great to hear 
from all of you. Thanks so much for writing! 

Susan (Gilberg) Hullman writes in 
from her home outside of Philadelphia. 
Susan is officially on maternity leave from 
teaching and is waiting anxiously to give 
birth. She and her husband are expecting a 
girl any day now. Susan wishes everyone 

Top Charanachitta writes, "I have 
been developing a few properties and bou- 
tique resorts ( in 
Thailand. After Hamilton College. I re- 
turned to Bangkok to work for KPMG 
Advisory; then left the company after two 
years to continue the family venture in bou- 
tique resorts. The Oriental Hotel is also a sis- 
ter hotel in the Northern City of Chiang 
Mai ( Please be 
my guests on your next trip to Thailand." I 
checked online and Top's boutique resorts in 
Phuket and Khao Lak were not damaged by 
the recent Tsunami. 

Lin Curtis is still living in London and 
loves it (despite the weather). Lin has been 
working at JP Morgan as an analyst and finds 
her work brilliant. Lin has managed to trav- 
el to Italy, Paris, and Spain while living 
abroad. Lin is planning some snowboard- 
ing/skiing trips in Austria this March. Lin 
made it back to the United States for 
Christmas and enjoyed the New Year with 
her sister and friends in New York City. She 
managed to run into Tom Brady and Pete 
Townsend (The Who) while out bar hop- 
ping in Boston. She reports that Tom is a 
lovely guy. "He was enjoying a well-earned 
night out after having secured the Patriots 


Kathy May is doing well in Los 
Angeles. She volunteers at her daughter's 
school and continues to work from home. 
Her daughter Amanda received an award at 
school for outstanding reading: son Ethan re- 
cently turned three. 

Ross Hogan is trying to get back into 
the working frame of mind after spending 
Christmas week in Acapulco. He writes, "It 
sure is refreshing to get a week in the sun in 
the middle of winter! We had a great time, 
and got to try scuba diving for the first time! 
Other than that, just living it up in Boston's 
North End. Hope this finds even-one well. 
Happy 2005!" 

Keith Blades writes, "Since I last wrote 
in, I saw some fellow classmates at the annu- 
al holiday bash in Newburyport; Bromby. 
Doorley. CarrolL Fano to name a few. It 
was great. I don't think I've seen many of 
them since my limited days at G.D.A. I've re- 
cently spoken to Scotty C. who is touring 
the country with a small punk band out on 
the west coast and is looking to room with 
GM VanCott in LA.. I just saw Brad 
Walker for New Year's at the new home of 
Sells, Dipietro and Brady Miller where 
Brad said he was studying to be an ice sculp- 
tor and hoped to have a display outside 
Machine next year in Boston for New Year's. 
I look forward to seeing many other alumni 
and hope all are doing well." 

Brandi Hall writes in from Los 
Angeles. Brandi recently changed career 
paths in a much-needed way Being a senior 
account executive was intense for 25 years 
old and she has always been interested in 
fashion, as most know. Brandi is now happi- 
ly working at Louis Vuitton on Rodeo Drive 
in Beverly Hills and loves it! 

Melissa Rosen is a graduate student at 
Tufts. Melissa walked into one of her classes 
last week and ran into Kara Sergeant, who 
is also a graduate student at Tufts. After all 
these years, Melissa and Kara are classmates 

Joe Nicastro is still taking classes to- 
wards his MBA at Boston University while 
working in the Athletic Department as the 
Compliance Coordinator. Joe recently 
moved to Waltham. 

Mara McManus is going on her third 
year in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. She 

wishes everyone well and congratulates 
Susan on the new addition to her family! 
Mara has been working for her orthopedic 
surgeon for about a year now in billing and 
has continued her bartending job with 
American Ski Company's Hotel for another 
year. GM VanCott and Buns were on their 
way out to visit this January. Mara wishes 
everyone a great winter! 

Will Evans writes, "Been enjoying a 
much needed vacation since finishing up the 
third season of charters with my catamaran 
business in Bermuda. Taking the winter to 
travel and enjoy life. Looking forward to vis- 
iting New England this new year, and maybe 
having a look at GDA and all the new facil- 
ities these kids got after we left. Hope all is 
well for everyone wherever the winds have 
carried you. Best,Will. www.charterbermu- (in case anybody wonders what the 
view is like from my office)." 

As for me. I have been living in San 
Francisco for about six months now and I'm 
really enjoying the city and the views. I'm 
working at a small non-profit conducting re- 
search and writing reports on social policy 
issues for local city government and commu- 
nity-based organizations. I hope everyone is 
doing well and please let me know if you're 
ever in San Francisco! 


Elizabeth Evans Erickson 

238 Cambridge Street, Apt. 6 

Boston, MA 02114 

(617) 254-6225 

ericksone@yahoo. com 

First things first: I am currently in my 
second year of law school in Boston, where 
last year I met my (now) fiance, another law 
student, Jeff Escobar. He was actually the in- 
structor of my legal research and writing 
class (gasp!). We became engaged last 
May and have set our wedding date for 
September 16, 2006. I am currendy intern- 
ing at the United States Attorney's Office 
and am excited to be halfway done with law 
school. I see my sister. Holly '00, who now 
lives around the corner from me on Beacon 
Hill and is working for Sigrid Olsen. At 
Christmas, Jeff and I went to see Tali 
McBride and her husband. John, at their 
house in Danvers. We visited with their 

n m Spring 2005 

Peter Bragdon and Evan Trent '98 enjoyed dinner 
together recently in Chicago. 

daughter, Grace, but the new addition, Baby 
Johnny, was already sleeping. I see Chris 
Prendergast from time to time, because he 
works across the street from where I live, do- 
ing something biological research like. My 
roommate works with Adam Stern's room- 
mate so I hear about him often through her 
and I cannot get over the small worldness of 
that situation. Everyone who wrote in to me 
is united by one strong thread (aside from 
their eternal dedication to GDA): Everyone 
is a student again! 

Jeremy Devaney graduated from 
College of Charleston in December and is 
hanging out in South Carolina until June, or 
until he finds that great job in the financial 
world that he is currently seeking. 

Michael Meagher also recently gradu- 
ated from the Culinary Institute of America 
with High Honors! Well done! At that 
point he had been working at Sel da la Terre, 
in Boston, which he says was frantic due to 
the recent accolades as "Best of Boston - 
French Restaurant." Drop him a line: 

David Chapman writes from Seattle 
that he now works full-time and is a student 
full-time, pursuing engineering with a focus 
on renewable/sustainable energy. He had 

the opportunity to take a trip to 
Park City Utah for some skiing, 
"Yee-ha!" He also wants people to 
email him: 
Ingrid Nugent has also re- 
turned to school and is currently in 
her second semester working to- 
wards a Master's in Environmental 
Management at Duke University. 

Stoddard Panall is at 
University of Maryland for his sec- 
ond year in the graduate math pro- 
gram. He went to Elinor Bill's 
wedding in Kansas with Eric 
Blair, John Rudolph, and Evan 

Maura Sprince transferred to 
Suffolk University and is still living 
in Beverly. Maura's daughter just 
turned two in February. 

Jill Welenc has been working 

as the assistant to the department 

administrator of the Vascular 

Biology Program at Children's 

Hospital. She is also preparing to 

apply to RISD for a Master's in 

Interior Architecture, to start in 

the fall '05. She moved into a 

studio apartment on Commonwealth 

Avenue in September and notes that "there 

are good things ahead..." 

Hilary St. Jean had the opportunity to 
tour with Van Halen this fall for six months. 
She was working to run their VIP ticketing 
and coordinating fan backstage tours and 
parties. She previously toured with 
Aerosmith and Christina Aguilera. However, 
she thinks that this will be her last tour be- 
cause law school is calling her, where she 
hopes to use these experiences to enhance 
her study of entertainment law. She would 
like to eventually become an agent. 

Finally, our exception to the returning 
student bond is Robyn O'Reilly. 
However, I count her because she is teaching 
Spanish at a Catholic Elementary School in 
West Palm Beach, FL. She is also coaching 
lacrosse at a local high school. She hangs out 
with Adam Doorly '97 frequently. She is 
having lots of fun and reminds us that, "Life 
is good." 

On a more serious note, I am sure word 
has circulated about the GDA name change 
- for more information please refer to the 
GDA website, on the "More 
About Our Name" page. 


Class of 1999 

Jessica S. Zaplin 

24 Allston Street 

Charkstown, MA 02129 

(617) 797-5134 

Paul Morrissey is living in 
Connecticut and finishing up school. "I 
took two years off to play hockey after GDA, 
so this is my senior year, if you can believe 
it." He is planning a move to Europe in the 
fall; most likely the city of Galway in Ireland. 

Jesse Soursourian was recently named 
by the Independent Reviewers of New 
England (IRNE) as one of five finalists for 
Best Actor in a small company for his role in 
Popcorn presented by the Zeitgeist Stage 
Company last spring at the Boston Center 
for the Arts. Jesse is now living and 
working in New York City, pursuing his act- 
ing and writing career. His email is j sour- 
sour ian@ wesleyan . edu . 

Nat Baldwin started a new music proj- 
ect last August. "It's just me solo, playing the 
upright bass and singing. It's kind of weird 
folk type thing, much different but also 
much more accessible than anything I've 
ever done. I toured mostly around the 
Northeast from mid-October to mid- 
December." He is setting up another bigger 
tour out to the Midwest for late-January 
through March. "I've also found that there's 
a great scene going on in Newburyport 
right now and have been playing in bands 
there and playing shows with peeps there." If 
anyone is interested in hearing Nat's new 
sounds or wants to join his mailing list to 
find out when he will be in your town, hit 
him with an email at 

Mike Moore is getting his pilot's li- 
cense. He is living in Virginia with his aunt 
and uncle. Mike's uncle is his flight instruc- 
tor. "I've been following the GDA football 
team, especially Paul Morrissey's little 
brother, Brian '05. I had a lot of fun at the 
reunion and am looking forward to spending 
some time out east. See you soon. Oh yeah, 
I'm also a substitute teacher, scary huh?!" 
You can say that again Mike! 

Jill Horgan graduated from Villanova 
last year and has been living and working in 
Manhattan. "I recently associate produced 
the feature length documentary entitled, 

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Zeitgeist Stage Company Presents 


A Comedy k> B.n Elton X» 

Directed b> David J. Miller 

Jesse Soursourian '99 
in Popcorn at the 
Boston Center for the Arts 
last spring. 

How May I Help You: The Rise and Fall of 
Customer Service, so look for it on the festival 
circuit. Now I am currently associate pro- 
ducing two segments of an eight-part series, 
called the National Body Challenge which I 
will be airing on the Discovery Channel in 
the end of February and the beginning of 
March. I've been working like crazy, but still 
get a chance to see Jesse Lee and I was able 
to see Sarah Marden over Christmas week- 

Rosse VanderSande is training to par- 
ticipate in the St. Anthony's Triathlon in St. 
Petersburg, Florida on April 24, 2005 
through the Leukemia and Lymphoma 
Society's Team in Training. Team in Training 
is the number one running, walking, cycling 
and triathlon endurance training program in 
the country, accounting for over 30.000 ath- 
letes each year. GOOD LUCK. ROSSE! 

Mike Porter is coping with his first real 
winter in four years. "Wish I was still in Los 
Angeles on the beach. For work I have been 
spending much of my time in Shanghai, 
( .Inn.i whi< h is f.isc inating. I am now living 
m Sonierville, MA with my Bassett Hound, 

Walter. Happy New Year!" 

Justin Marshall moved out to Boulder, 
CO in May. "So far, I have loved every 
minute of living in Colorado. I highly en- 
courage everyone to express their opinion 
on Dan Morgan's proposed name change." 
You can email Justin at justin.marshall@rbc- 


Class of 2000 

Catherine E. Correia 

87 Green Street 

Wakefield, MA 01880-3957 

(781) 245-0244 

5th Class Reunion 

June 10, 11, 12 2005 

Hi, Class of 2000! I hope you are all 
well and are planning to attend our five-year 
Reunion this June. I am very much looking 
forward to seeing you all there and am even 
more excited by the number of people that 
have said they are coming. I have been 
keeping busy with my research at Children's 
Hospital. This May, I will be presenting one 
of my projects at a conference in DC. A few 
weeks ago while I was waiting for the Green 
Line, I bumped into Treacy Silverstein 
who is also working at Harvard doing Bio- 
stats. She was glad to be back in Boston af- 
ter spending her undergrad at Carnegie 
Mellon in Pittsburgh. She also reported that 
she hears from Val Savage and Stacey 
Shealy, and that they are doing well. 

Last week, I met up with Gretchen 
Gee to celebrate her 23rd birthday. 
Gretchen is back in Boston to finish up her 
last semester at Wheelock College after a 
wonderful semester-long child life intern- 
ship at Duke. 

The last week in February, I traveled 
back to Scotland and met up with Eve 
Seamans who is graduating from St. 
Andrews this June with a Master of the Arts 
in Psychology. Eve has just recently done 
some traveling of her own to Morocco and 

has plans to go to Prague soon. 

Elizabeth Turnbull is off to New 
Zealand to work and travel until May. I just 
received a postcard from her of the most 
beautiful island with spectacular beaches and 
great areas pictured. She had been doing a 
lot of hiking. Elizabeth also plans to lead a 
bike trip across the country this summer. 
Her new email is 

Tom Hand is enjoying living in 
Newton outside Boston. He currently sees a 
handful of fellow alums, and is looking for- 
ward to seeing many more at Reunion this 

Jason Salony is living in Cambridge 
and working at a management consulting 
firm. He's looking forward to seeing every- 
one at the reunion. If anyone would like to 
help with reunion plans, please email him at 

Bettina Romberg writes, "In 
December I started at Johnson & Wales 
University, studying to get my MBA in hos- 
pitality and tourism with a concentration in 
marketing. I have moved to East Providence, 
RI, having a great time and meeting people 
from URI and even one from Byfield! 
Speaking of Byfield, Catherine sent us an ar- 
ticle with news that GDA will change its 
name. This is what I have to say to those 
who voted on the subject: GDA won't stand 
out to those students outside of New 
England with a common name! As alumni 
we should have a say in this, because almost 
250 years of students that attended this 
school certainly didn't think that the name 
changed the quality of their education. 
Spending money on a better science or math 
program would bring in more students than 
changing the name of the school. Frankly, it 
is a poor excuse to make the school a little 
bit more diverse, when in fact GDA has no 
diversity problem; it was the most diverse 
school that I have ever been to. As alumni, 
we should make sure that our voice is heard 
in this matter." 

Merrill Lamont wrote in, "After GDA, 
I took a year off at home in Saudi Arabia, tu- 
toring English at a local school, helping out 
at a hospital, and becoming a Sun Certified 
Java Programmer. 1 then started Boston 
University, majoring in Biomedical 
Engineering, minoring in Business adminis- 
tration and will be graduating with the class 

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Courtney Lemack's '00 daughter 
Skylar Aislin last Christmas. 

of 2005. My family has moved from Saudi 
Arabia to the Back Bay, across the street from 
the Prudential Building. I've been applying 
to graduate schools this month, planning on 
getting a PhD in Biomedical Engineering. I 
hope to go to grad school here in Boston, 
and find a job here too. I've seen and partied 
with Kai Kaiser, Lindsay the Gobinator, 
Yori Sensor, Bettina Romberg, Arnie 
Ross, Eve Seamans, and Jon Morisseau 
'88. I've bumped into Andrew Therriault 
'99, Cait Mcintosh '01, and Mike 
Tomasino a couple of times, once at Avalon. 
I recently discovered Scott Min goes to BU 

Yori Senser is still living in Kittery 
working a much less stressful schedule. She is 
now teaching at two different theatre/dance 
after school programs: one at Newbury 
Elementary and one at the Yellow School in 
Byfield. Yori is also cocktailing in 
Portsmouth a bit and picking up some retail 
hours for the holidays. 

Beth Coolidge plans on graduating 
from Northern Arizona University this 
Spring with a B.S. in Theatre Studies. She 
writes that, "Life has pretty much been 
school, but I still keep in contact with GDA 
people. I saw Kai Kaiser and Lindsay 

Gobin during New Year's, and 
keep tabs online with Paige 
Ramsdell, Mark Lipman, 
Bettina Romberg and Tarda 
Hamboyan. I'll see you at 

Annie Rickley is spend- 
ing the year in Germany 
teaching English at a boarding 
school. Annie says it's ex- 
hausting work, but very re- 
warding too. 

Courtney Lemack is 
currently living in Dracut, 
MA and bought her first 
home last year. Last January, 
Courtney gave birth to her 
daughter, Skylar Aislinn, and is 
set to get married in the 
spring of 2006 to her fiance, 
Artie. Currently, Courtney's 
learning the basics of real es- 
tate at her father's real estate 
brokerage so that she will be 
prepared to get her license 
when she moves to San 
Diego, California in the near 

Nicole Neilson decided 
to stay in DC after her graduation from 
American University and got an apartment 
with one of her friends from college. She is 
working at Cvent (a software company) as a 
product consultant and says it's a great first 
job. Erin Longley transferred to American 
University last year so Nicole sees her all the 

Justin Fishman is living in Washington, 
DC after graduating from GW this past May. 
He is working at a small investment banking 
firm in mergers and acquisitions. Justin 
spent New Year's with Dale Williams in 
Minneapolis and had a blast. He also writes, 
"When I get the chance to visit home 
(Philadelphia) I always hang out with 
Leighton Phillips who should be graduat- 
ing from Drexel this year. If anyone is in the 
district don't hesitate to give me a call and 
catch up." 



Maria E. Moore 

131 Washington Avenue 

Providence, RI 02905-4331 

(401) 632-0497 

Hey, Class of 2001! I can't believe it is 
almost time to move onto yet another stage 
in our lives, post college! I have had a pret- 
ty hectic year as I am consumed with writ- 
ing a business plan to open a restaurant. 
During Christmas break I had a fabulous 
time in the Turks and Caicos Islands with my 
awesome family and now that I am back I 
am working hard to graduate this summer 
with a Bachelor's in Food Service 

Meg Lloyd is still at Union College 
and enjoying her third and junior year, play- 
ing ice hockey and loving every minute. 
Classes are going well and English is her 
course of study, and she is excited to think 
that one day she may be teaching. Just can't 
wait to be done with her own schooling to 
begin teaching and coaching at the elemen- 
tary school level! 

Matt Lee writes,"Things are going 
very well. I graduated from Santa Clara 
University last June in only three years. I am 
currently working for Smith Barney in 
California as a financial consultant. Nino and 
I remain close friends and hang out often. I 
hope everyone is doing well and I look for- 
ward to seeing you all at our five-year re- 

Jessica Ross says: "Just wrapped up 
field hockey season and now I am looking 
forward to the rest of my senior year. Time 
is flying by and I am trying to enjoy 
Bowdoin as much as possible." 

I hope you all had a merry Holiday sea- 
son and a fulfilling New Year!!! 

*A retraction from Fall 2004 
Archon: Ande Tagliamonte did not 
write, "Vote Bush". 

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Class of 2002 

James M. Morrissey 

36 Park Avenue 

Winchester, MA J 890-2009 

(781) 729-3216 

jmm6ev@cms . mail . Virginia . edu 

Michael G . Woods 

Loyola University New Orleans 

Box #405 Biever Hall 

200 LaSaUe Court 

New Orleans, LA 70118 

(617) 389-3406 

vcoods2 1 7@excite . com 


Class of 2003 

Laura E. Ellison 
Williams College 
1669 Baxter Hall 
Williamstown, MA 01267 
(978) 462-4764 

Michael D. O'Neill 

Connecticut College 

Box 4365, 270 Mohegan Avenue 

New London, CT 06320-4196 

(978) 462-3733 

mdone@conncoll . edu 

Cadet Sean Corbett. a sophomore at 
the United States Military Academy at West 
Point, recently ran in the 42nd JFK 
Marathon in Hagerstown, MD. Sean placed 
232nd among the 876 who finished the 50- 
mile marathon that drew over 1000 racers. 
Running with several mates from the 
Military Academy, it took Sean over nine 
hours to complete the race. Back at West 
Point, Sean was recently awarded the 
Superintendant's Award for Excellence. To 
receive this award, a cadet must simultane- 
ously achieve excellence in all programs, ac- 
ademic, military and physical. The award 
recognizes those in the top five percent of 
their class at the Military Academy. 

Dan Guyton says. "Keeping very busy 
in Boston! Looking forward to seeing lots of 
GDAers in January while were all home! 
Had a great time seeing all at Finale in 
Boston with Martha Delay Kevin Dnscoll 
and Samantha Boulais." 

Gaylord Noblitt received a 2' II >4 
Student Summer Research Grant and 
Fellowship from Bates College, where he is .1 

sophomore, to study Mechanisms of 
Hydrocarbon Degradation by Marine 
Bacteria /Synthesis and Characterization of a 
New Class of Heterogeneous Catalysts with 
Demonstrated Effectiveness in Speeding up the 
Rate at which Pesticides are Decomposed, under 
a Hughes Student-Faculty Grant. 


Class of 2004 

Kelsey M Quigley 

1 Elm Street 

Byfield, MA 01922 

(978) 462-3776 

Gregory Ceglarski 

1 Elm Street 

Byfield, MA 01922 

(978) 463-0406 

Lesley Chniie 

32 Woodland Street 

Newburyport, 3L4 01950 


Hi there, Class of 2004! Hope everyone 
is having a great winter and second semester 
of college! 

Dante Demeo received his Eagle Scout 
Award on January 9, 2005. With dedication 
and service, Dante has spent over 10 years in 
scouring and commented that it has been 
"his only constant" through several family 
moves, new schools, and the normal ups and 
downs of growing up. Surrounded by mem- 
bers of Troop 150 of Peabody, MA, several 
Eagle Scouts, friends, and family, Dante 
achieved what only two percent of all scouts 
ever obtain. His service to town and country 
included a project to repaint all of the fire 
hydrants for the city of Peabody, MA. Several 
political leaders, including Governor 
Romney, Senator Kerry, and Mayor Bonfanti 
of Peabody commended Dante for his hard 
work. Congratulations to Dante for this 
achievement! Dante is currently in his fresh- 
man year at Tufts University. 

Alexandra Shalvoy. a freshman at 
Southern Methodist University in Dallas, is 
included on the recently released undergrad- 
uate honor roll for the Fall 2(>i>4 semester. 
To be listed on the SMU honor roll, students 
must be in the top 15 percent of their school 

of record. SMU's Fall 2004 enrollment in- 
cluded 5,985 undergraduate students pursu- 
ing degrees in Dedman College of 
Humanities and Sciences, Meadows School 
of the Arts, Edwin L. Cox School of 
Business, and the School of Engineering. 
She's a psychology major. 

Tim Mauritz is enjoying life at 
Bucknell. He was on the rugby team in the 
fall and the wrestling team in the winter... 
until a broken ankle put him out of com- 
mission just a couple of weeks ago. 

Ben Bell is having a blast at Tufts. He 
is all for the GDA name change and, on a 
different note, wants to congratulate his for- 
mer advisor, Mr. Delay, and wife on their 
baby girl! 

Anya Ravitz is enjoying indoor track 
atWellesley College. She ran 18:56 at Smith. 
where she saw Laura Ellison '03 who was 
running the 800 for Williams, and Brendan 
Curran '04 who ran the 3000 for Conn. 

Mike Salony has survived all five hur- 
ricanes at Rollins College and is enjoying 
the weather in sunny Florida. However, he 
is seeking to transfer closer to home. 

"Big Bad" Joe Brown (now known as 
j-biggy. apparently) has been working hard at 
Tufts. He has been tearing up the competi- 
tion in track; none of the other freshman can 
compete with our 6" 5" throwing champ — 
and the upperclassmen are struggling to keep 
up! Still, Joe admits that he has "been seri- 
ously thinkin of jus putrin down money on 
lotto tix" in hopes of hitting it big time that 

For Jarid Siegel. second semester at 
Cornell is just as busy as first semester. He is 
taking a tough course load while juggling 
off-season soccer practices and pledging a 
fraternity. Even though he's busy, he's loving 
college and hope everyone else is too. 

As for me. (Kelsey Quigley) I have 
been performing around the Boston and 
North Shore areas and recently sang in the 
concert to benefit tsunami victims organized 
by Caroline Ott '05 and Nicole Dietz '05 
at GDA. I hope that everyone is doing well! 
And don't forget to keep in touch with your 
good old high school friends ... You can 
email me any time with your notes tor the 
next Archon at! 


DVDs Are Now 

Bye Bye Birdie 

Winter 2005 Drama 

production! Wonderful! 


The Winter 
Dance Show 

Only $10.00 

Order online at 

or at the GDA Bookstore 

Caption Correction: 

The photo above was incorrectly captioned in the Fall 2004 Archon. 
L. Manlius "Manny" Sargent, teaching either an honors precalculus or 
an AP calculus class. His oldest son Peter is sitting in the far right seat, 
front row, glasses on. The classroom is the (Edgar) Dunning Room on the main 
floor of Parsons Schoolhouse. Manny, now retired from teaching, lives in Bath, 

Maine with wife Mary. 

Thanks to Dick Leavitt for the correction. 

Math Puzzler: 

Take the year (A.D.) of the Battle of Hastings 

Multiply by the only even prime number 

Divide by the number ol met r it \ilj feet in a tetrameter 

Multiply by the number ol musit ians in a trio 

Add the Roman Numerial < < 

Subtract the atomic number of the element Krypton. 

Courtesy of Mike Karin, 
Mathematics Department Chair 

Answer: £9L i = 9£ - oz + € * t/ z x 


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chapel talk 
Looking Back, Looking Ahead 

by Keri Bergman '05 

The following is adapted from a Chapel Talk delivered in Moseley 

It was March 10, 2001. I was sitting in Mr. Cook's Social 
Studies class anxiously tapping my foot and watching the 
clock take its time making its way to 2:35. Before the bell 
even finished ringing, I was at my locker filling my back- 
pack to go home. I sprinted to the bus and after what 
seemed like an eternity, I reached my driveway at about 
3:00. I bolted into the house, kicked off my sneakers and 
asked my mom if the mail had come. "Keri, calm down. It 
came!" she said. I brushed by her in a frantic search for my 
letter, and there, sitting neatly on the kitchen table, was an 
envelope addressed to Keri Bergman. I stared at it for a 
minute or two, then carefully opened it. I had gotten in. 
Without reading another word, I dropped the letter onto 
the table and started running around the house bursting 
with excitement. My sister and I jumped around for a good 
15 minutes before we settled down, but when I came to, I 
thought it was a good idea to double check the address on 
the envelope and make sure GDA had really meant to send 
it to me. "I can't believe it! I'm going to GDA next fall!" I 
kept saying. 

After the initial shock subsided, I started to think of the rea- 
sons I didn't want to go. The things I had used to prepare 
myself in case I hadn't gotten in. How was I going to sur- 
vive without my friends? We grew up together. They made 
me feel safe. How was I going to leave my house? I was 
only fourteen! My Mom still made my lunch every day. 
How was my Dad going to help me with my math home- 
work? Suddenly I was filled with fear and thoughts of all 
the things I would be leaving behind. Was I ready to grow 
up? Was I ready to take a jump for the first time in my life 
all by myself? 

I knew that come September, however, I would be going to 
boarding school. I owed it to myself to at least give it a 
chance. I worked so hard to get in and I really wanted to 
go. Ifl didn't, I would be asking myself for the rest of my 
life "What if?" My first day there was quite possibly the 
scariest clay of my entire life. My friends had come over to 
say good-bye, my parents drove home after helping me un- 

Chapel on November 10, 2004. 

pack in my new room, and I was on my own for the first 
time ever. Kelsey came into my room after a little while, not 
seeming nervous at all, "Hi, my name's Kelsey. I five next 
door." I think she could tell I was petrified because right 
away she said she'd walk around campus with me and show 
me around before lunch, since her sister had gone here and 
she already knew. She was my first friend at my new 
school. 'Wow, that didn't seem so hard," I thought to my- 
self. I did it on my own too. 

As Coach Brooks said in the Disney movie, Miracle, "Great 
moments are born from great opportunity." You'll never 
know what could have happened if you don't take a 
chance. If you're a senior you can probably agree with me 
that it's hard to believe this is our fourth year at GDA. When 
we leave here, we may not remember much of what we 
learned in our textbooks, but the memories we make with 
people here will stay with us forever. The times that were 
totally random usually turn out to be the best memories. 
Watching the cottage boys being attacked by Jackson and 
Gorge freshman year after the first snowfall, the freshman 
girls sliding on the pole vault mats after we had that huge 
rain storm, fighting over the comfy chairs and getting 
kicked out of the library more times than I can count, get- 
ting mooned from dorm to dorm by two Cottage boys 
who will remain anonymous, watching the sunrise after 
waking up at 4:30 for Mr. Wann's English class, Friday 
night basketball games junior year, getting McDonald's 
religiously for every extra help session we had with Mr. 
McClain for Modern European History, sledding on the 
dining hall trays out on the field hockey field, and the time 
I chased a dollar up a snow bank with my crazy roommate 
only to realize it was attached to a string and we were be- 
ing video taped... These are some of my memories from 
the past four years. 

Before you leave, I hope all of you have some fun times to 
remember as well. Go ahead. Take some chances and don't 
hold back. I dare you. 

Remember what you loved about being a 
student at GDA? Pass it on. 

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